OOIOO are led by Boredoms and Saicobab founder YoshimiO. The percussionist also counts the super cool Kim Gordon, Susie Ibarra and Robert Lowe among the artists he has collaborated with. Nijimusi is their first album in 6 years and sees them making a psychedelic, shouty, distorted, record that’s precisely played with instrumental breakdowns that all good records of this ilk are prone to.
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I’m sure OOIOO never thought they’d be making music as good as this in 2019 when they first ‘formed’ in 1996. The mischievous Boredoms drummer Yoshimi P-We was invited to a photoshoot for a music publication but opted to bring a bunch of friends under the guise of showcasing her new band. A year later they were supporting Sonic Youth. Their first album in six years ‘Nijimusi’ is as difficult to pin down as any of their prior records, but loosely speaking, this one’s a space rock album crowned with a healthy dose of experimental yet listenable flourishes.
'Nijimusi' begins with a grainy noise snippet which bleeds into half a minute of noise, free form drums and raucous chants. 'Nijimu' showcases the group’s sound more truthfully than the unwieldy intro, as the rapid pitter-patter of jazzy drums meets murmuring electronics, gorgeous production, and pillars of grumbling bass. Elsewhere, OOIOO rummage into the southeast Asian tones of their previous album ‘Gamal’ in 'Bulun', Zappa-esque avant-rock in 'Jibun', and high-energy quirks on 'Asozan5'.
The highlight of ‘Nijimusi’ is the ridiculously titled ‘walk for “345” minutes, while saying “Ah Yeah!” with a “Mountain Book” in one hand, until a shower of light pours down’. The track title actually mirrors the ecstatic, fluctuating musical delights to be found within. I’m reminded of a chameleon’s colour-changing journey over the course of a day; shifting shade, blurring and blushing, re-painting its pigment as it travels amid its equally vibrant habitat. Ending on another high note, 'Kawasemi Ah' is a dancey and dubby affair which is strangely reminiscent of the flower power meets acid house grooves of Primal Scream or the Stone Roses.
‘Nijimusi’ is as far-out as psychedelic music can get whilst remaining catchy, intriguing and listenable. It’s incredibly performed; the musicianship is tight, but the offbeat rhythms and kraut-dub production prevent it from becoming a mere exercise in showing off their chops.
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