Aritomo puts together compilations of ‘extremely splendid music’, motivated by a love of the artists and a desire to hear them on vinyl he hopes you will get ‘a nice sense’ from listening to them. ‘Esperanza De OTO Vol 2’ features mostly underexposed artists such as vocalist Midorita Rokunotake, Tadasuke Iwanaga (the main man behind Mamitori Ulithi Empress Yonaguni San) from Japan, Chilean genius Bicho Pablo, Californian Rin Eric, Kenji Kariu (OWKML) and Japanese rock band Aka, Bolivian artist Munca, and mystery band Bon Voyage with a track and occasional guest appearances from Aritomo himself.
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- hakanairo-193 / Limited Japanese private-press LP on Hakanairo in handmade sleeve. Including Aritomo, Midorita Rokunotake, Kenji Kariu, Mamitori Ulithi Empress Yonaguni San, Bon Voyage, Aka, Munca etc.
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The Japanese music maker Aritomo really has something different going on. He specialises in a kind of wildly freeform style of acoustic based freak out music which recalls Animal Collective at their earliest and weirdest. Here he picks some underappreciated and largely unknown artists from Japan and other far flung corners of the world and packs them neatly into a lovely screenprinted sleeve.
Aritomo himself opens up proceedings with a typically wandering effort. Compared with this Midorita Rokuntake almost sounds conventional. As it is it’s a scattered and splintered form of disjointed jazzy dissonance with certain nods towards Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’ and American Music Club at their most freeform. Quite lovely actually. Rin Eric sounds like some kind of Arthur Lee type dreamer with his lovely finger picked guitar and some truly disconcerting sounds presumably courtesy of Aritomo, Overleaf things get really weird: Aka make hideously overblown rock that sounds sort of like X-Factor dude Wagner singing Radiohead’s ‘Creep’.
We talked a lot last week about Mamitori Ulithi Empress Yonaguni San and here they are with their wild and dishevelled Magic Band type crazy rock. Finally, to confuse us further, Munca play some sweet and straightforward indie pop. Fascinating and completely inexplicable.
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