Uretakumo Nakunarutorika has not been put together to showcase good singing, or the talent of a person holding an instrument, or even a songwriter’s cleverness. It has been put together to disorient the listener. The album would like you to suspend judgment, sink into its waywardness, and allow it to float you around, stretching your brains out of shape in a woozy, acid-blissed way that makes the name of the band seem absolutely apt. The tracks are made up of extremes. In some cases this means something very fast meeting something very slow. In others it means same sound played over and over again. “Warehavaenu” consists of four notes banged out on a drum kit for a minute and 19 seconds. “Hotumori” sounds like the same drum kit paired with a tabla. The person on the tabla has received no instruction besides: “Play as fast as you can.” The album blits and hums. If twee is simplicity done sweetly then Uretakumo Nakunarutorika is the opposite: simplicity done aggressively. How far can I push you before you’ll leave? it asks as the musicians imitate the shriek of a deflating balloon. Do you love me or not? I dare you to stay.
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