A Minimalist Hoedown Break

Japanese experimentalist Otomo Yoshihide's collaboration with fellow former Ground Zero member Sachiko M (she apparently is into sine waves) under their moniker Filament (see japanimprov.com for more info) has been rereleased nearly ten years later. Like it or hate it, it is a bit disarming and I must agree with the promoter's description, it does indeed challenge the definition of music. It will definitely make you acutely aware of the natural sounds around you. Try it with your eyes closed and turned up. Expect the dance remix soon. Filament "Filament 1-9"

I found these guys and their super-indie label on Myspace and I couldn't get the song out of my head, and believe it or not, that's usually a good thing. I wonder if young kids who don't have "Karate Kid" ingrained into their psyches will appreciate it. Or maybe after they hear this and walk around all day going "wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off..." they'll be inspired to go down to the local Netflix. I like the Japanese duality - super serious, real, obscure Japanese culture and a completely Yanked-out (almost VU-sounding) tribute to a fictional comedic Japanese sensei. Truth In Advertising "Mr. Miyagi's Hoedown at the Pig Farm"

You can find TIA here for eight bucks and download the Filament here from Emusic.

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