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'Magnificence of Memory' is a selection of nine unreleased archive tracks by the YaHoWha 13 compiled by Dave Nuss of the No-Neck Blues Band and released by Drag City. This is well interesting stuff, YaHoWha 13 appear to bridge the gap between Krautrock, psychedelia and the avant garde noise groups of today. The music is insane and appears to played with a naivety and joy you very rarely hear in mo ...

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Magnificence In The Memory by Ya Ho Wha (YaHoWha)
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8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 18 June 2009
'Magnificence of Memory' is a selection of nine unreleased archive tracks by the YaHoWha 13 compiled by Dave Nuss of the No-Neck Blues Band and released by Drag City. This is well interesting stuff, YaHoWha 13 appear to bridge the gap between Krautrock, psychedelia and the avant garde noise groups of today. The music is insane and appears to played with a naivety and joy you very rarely hear in modern music. I get the impression this music was created within some kind of 60's communal style living arrangement with songs recorded straight to tape in one take with the emphasis on harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of the group. Vocally there are some spiritual mutterings that probably have some siginificance but are difficult to make out on first listen. 'Nam Yo Ho Renge Kyo' has a crazed scatman style vocal that is both intense and amusing. 'Sunshine Man' is a space jam with the melody to 'It Ain't What You Do....' whistled over the top. The cover reveals that these are sharp dressed funky looking dudes, like the Magic Band with tailored suits. Well worth further investigation if you are a fan of Can, Beefheart, traditional folk and obscure San Fransisco psychedelia. The press relase and the insert are well worth a read and will shed further light on this obscure group band of musicians.

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