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OOIOO: Kila Kila KilaKila Kila Kila (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


Contributed by: WillWill
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OOIOO are an anomaly to the unsuspecting public. Sporting a post-Boredoms P-we (their drummer) on guitar and vocals, it seems somehow appropriate that they make even less sense than her first band. The lyrics are visceral, oblique poetry, and the music is a more peaceful variation of the late Boredo.
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OOIOO are an anomaly to the unsuspecting public. Sporting a post-Boredoms P-we (their drummer) on guitar and vocals, it seems somehow appropriate that they make even less sense than her first band. The lyrics are visceral, oblique poetry, and the music is a more peaceful variation of the late Boredoms.

Their first couple of records being prime examples of spastic, noisy, psychedelic rock, I was expecting more of the same with Kila Kila Kila. While the rhythm-centered aspects remained, what I found was a whole different beast.

Commencing the record is the title track, short, sparse and buzzing with genuine eccentricity. The chimes of track two, "Ene Soda," slightly disorient, and there's a lingering guitar picking that sporadically explodes for the next five minutes over Yoshimi's soothing vocals. The next song, "Sizuku Ring Neng," tip-toes in with equally intriguing percussion backing a chant, until the first warnings from the guitar, which caves the song into a catchy beat with full on dubby bass. So it continues until the rhythm disappears temporarily and crashes back in full blast with a rolling keyboard.

"On Mani" stands out as an ambitious jazz exercise utilizing strings and brass to explore an escalating melody with frenetic drumming. Following the aforementioned is "Northern Lights," a cyclical jam based around warm guitars, easygoing and friendly, petering out in the end to make way for the spinning keyboards of the mini-song "Niko Niko Niko."

"Aster" fades into beautiful harmonization and reined in guitar picking, over a vigorous, yet steady beat. The guitars are then diminished and return to an angular variation of the primary rhythm. It is then discarded and peaks with minimalist chirping.

Closing out the CD is "Annenue Au," with a throbbing electronic opening, giving way to a danceable bass line and gentle guitars. The drums then approach the vanguard and the piece settles into a comfortable groove, which eventually alternates into a more refined piano-laden variation.

Though OOIOO are no longer the full-fledged psychedelic band they were on their earlier releases, they play their own unique brand of jazz-informed, intermittently noisy post-rock extremely well. This leaves me expecting more from Yoshimi and company, satisfied in knowing that all I can expect is a surprise.

 

 
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Anonymous (September 22, 2005)

...in the last five years? this is the best thing you've heard since you were 12?

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

I gave it a listen. It was ok. The music was pretty bland

VitusTinnitus (September 18, 2005)

Somewhat off-topic, but Kila is a bad-ass Irish band. Never heard of this particular band, but I will check them out.

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

It's a good thing I didn't tell you this was a punk rock record, then. I think this is probably better than any of the punk I've heard for the last five years.

And their new one is even better than this. A perfect ten, probably.

-Will

ElVaquero (September 18, 2005)

Well this is the first time I've seriously questioned a band being covered by this site. Boredoms, etc. are pretty good but seriously what the fuck. This is in no way no how related to punk music even in the slightest. Not even hip hop groups signed to punk labels, this is just straight up weird.

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

fuck yeah!

will what did you think of house of sun ?

etwiels88 (September 18, 2005)

Great band.

Anonymous (September 18, 2005)

This sounds like something that Jesse would review.

-Chinatown

Infrarecon (September 18, 2005)

This sounds pretty interesting.

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