OOIOO – Gamel

Image: 1590077 OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi P-We, also a founding member of Boredoms, the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music. Four years of work went into making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future. Their focus is not to replicate these ancient styles, but to incorporate them into their consistently inventive, constantly shifting musical frameworks. They take their love of indigenous music into an entirely new dimension by freely weaving organic and electric tones into a vivid tapestry, employing their keen sense of color and texture.
While previous OOIOO albums have been largely studio creations, Gamel is the most accurate portrayal of the band’s overwhelming, forceful live presence they have released yet. Yoshimi leads her minimalistic rhythm ensemble by making quick, impulsive shifts in tone and attack, the group acting as one mind under her expert instruction. While the gamelan elements will be brand new to many listeners, the band offsets the bizarre with familiar, at times even nostalgic and childlike, melodies. Gamel is euphoric, bursting at the seams with an exhilarating frenzy that is universal yet uniquely their own. OOIOO’s music is reflected in the ear of the beholder, with each listener taking away something different.
Yoshimi began her music career in 1986 playing drums in UFO or Die with vocalist Eye, and later joined him in the revolutionary noise-pop group Boredoms. Her explosive drum performances captivated audiences and even inspired Wayne Coyne to name a now-famous Flaming Lips album in her honor. While the band’s tours of the United States are infrequent, they are as The New York Times has stated, transcendent.

01. Don Ah
02. Shizuku Gunung Agung
03. Pebarongan
04. Gamel Ninna Yama
05. Gamel Uma Umo
06. Gamel Kamasu
07. Atatawa
08. Jesse Testa
09. Gamel Udahah
10. Kecupat Aneh
11. Gamel Ulda

OOIOO is a Japanese group led by Yoshimi P-We of the Bordeoms. Gamel is inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan music and shows OOIOO expanded to a six piece with the addition of two gamelan players
Yoshimi has been a trendsetter as a member of OOIOO and Boredoms for nearly three decades. She has collaborated with Kim Gordon and Sean Lennon, has been featured on the covers of The Wire and The Fader, and The Flaming Lips named an album after her
Deluxe 2xLP edition is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a gatefold jacket with free download card. OOIOO’s music is rarely released on vinyl and when it is it always sells out quickly
CD version in 4 panel mini LP style gatefold package
OOIOO will tour the US this July for the first time in over seven years
“In the seemingly impenetrable, fantastic murkiness of Japanese experimental psych pop, more often than not, Yoshimi has been a beacon.” - The FADER (cover story)
“A monument to the endless possibilities afforded by an improvisational spirit” - Pitchfork
“OOIOO traffic in a crafty kind of post-punk primitivism… the synths, power chords, polyrhythmic drumming and wordless chants building info an irresistible, throbbing whole” - The Wire Erhältlich ab 27.06.2014

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