There is a place among the reeds where the maximalist future dwells. Â Birthed amongÂ the sacred flames ofÂ Young Marble Giants and Mariah it is all mystery, all the time. Â Like, ’24/7 glints of light off the still rivers, is that a human or a water god?’ mystery. Â Like, cascading polyrhythmic drum patterns sort of mystery. Â The sort of mystery that is secretly plotting the awakening of the Old Ones as it plays the ‘synths or horn section?’ game [spoilers: it’s synths, it’s always synths with us].
Bamboo are that future, and dear god it’s glorious.
If only we still threw dance parties, this would be our go-to, ‘clear the floor to make room for the true believers butÂ everyone’s dancing by the end’ track. Â It sweeps in our favourite Far Eastern touchstonesÂ including Yellow Magic Orchestra (on the album there’s a fairly obscure cover of Harry Hosono‘s Love ThemeÂ for an early 80s Japanese TV Show) and the aforementioned Mariah (who’s Utakata No HibiÂ finally got a reissue a few months ago and promptly sold out — check the link to read Twitch’s post about it from 2008(!)). Â It is OOIOO if they’d binged on Leven SignsÂ instead of Italian Opera. Â It is, as I mentioned, glorious.
You can get the album direct from Upset the Rhythm right here. Â I just have, because it’s really fucking good.