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ARTIST
TITLE
Shocks! Shocks! Shocks!
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
UMA 156LP UMA 156LP
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RELEASE DATE
1/21/2022

Urashima present a first time vinyl reissue of Violent Onsen Geisha's Shocks! Shocks! Shocks!, originally released on legendary Vanilla Records in 1989. The Tokyo-based Japanese experimental musician Masaya Nakahara known as Violent Onsen Geisha has been dazzling listeners with his entirely singular approach to sound since 1989. Harnessing his unique natural approach to mixier by combining techno, pop samples and hip-hop, as well as his sister's karaoke singing or his parent quarreling, screams and glass or ceramic bowls broken, he incredibly built a body of work in recorded contexts that has almost no parallel, producing arrangements where all the style and the sonic atmosphere meet in a happy junk room and elaborating his delirious patchwork studio from magneto-phone tapes. His amazing cut-up proved interesting to major band such as Sonic Youth and Beck, who invited him on a US tour in 1995. At the height of his music career as Violent Onsen Geisha in 1998, Nakahara published Mari & Fifi No Gyakusatsu Songu Bukku (Mari & Fifi's Massacre Songbook) and made his debut as a novelist. In 2001, he received the 14th Yukio Mishima Award for Arayuru Basho Ni Hanataba Ga ("Bouquets of Flowers Everywhere"), and became increasingly active as a writer and movie critic. Despite the density of its structures, that combine the most disparate musical genres with deafening shouts and crashes, Shock! Shock! Shock! feels like a breath of fresh air, fearlessly skirting the line between creative rigor and focused interplay and a playful irreverence in ways that leave you wondering where the hell you are. A truly thrilling exchange of collages, vacillating between kitsch, the austere, and boundary pushing structures, all played against and pushed onto the next level by Nakahara incredible talent. Unflinchingly beautiful and creatively challenging, Shock! Shock! Shock! completely defies genre and definition, rising as a wonderful reminder of what noise music is all about. A justly radical zone of creative patchwork sound. "For someone who has no musical talent like me, the only thing that I could naturally create was noise." --Masaya Nakahara. Mastered by Andrea Marutti. Edition of 299.