Super Roots 6
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Originally issued in 1996 and was the only title in the Super Roots series to be released in the US, although it's been out of print for years. It's the gentlest of any Boredoms release, a collection of static and minimally manipulated beats, sometimes juxtaposed with world music loop overlays. Meditative, self-aware, and pregnant with breaks and beats yet to be unearthed by the crate diggers of the world.
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Volumes 1 and 2:Cartoon insanity,toy instruments,banging on pots and pans,clapping,goofy chanting
Volume 3:Karaoke of the Cosmos-pretty much what it says,a basic propulsive vocal-free hardcore tune that drives the same groove for at least a full half hour
Volume 5(there is no 4)I forget the name,but it's a long gently abrasive,psychedelic wash of guitar,cymbals,percussion,that rises and falls ever so slightly
Volume 6 is where things really got interesting and you can definitely hear that some seeds were planted here that would later become ideas for the Super Ae and VisionCreationNewsun cds.
This is a cd that really can be appreciated with headphones.Alot of the tracks are simply a drum beat or simple rhythm processed all to hell.The feeling on some tracks is like the aural equivalent of a picture left out in the sun too long,it's all decayed,and parts are missing,but there is "something"intersting there.
I find alot of these tracks very interesting from a production standpoint.Track 10 is a simple drum beat,and then later perhaps a bass/guitar riff(or maybe none at all?)but the track has kind of an extreme panning effect which breaks up the song making it very "jittery".It sounds weird at first,but if you're in the right mood you can actually hear the complete song,that is,the puzzle reveals itself.
Other tracks are very beautiful,if simplistic,with warm sunny synths and tasteful percussion.
I don't know who to recommend this album to,it's not an album of songs,or jams,or even instrumentals.It's very interesting for sure,perhaps to fans of experimental audio art.
If you can find the others,volume 7 and 8 both contain one song each with a few remixes,one being a long Mekons inspired riff-fest,and the other reworkings of a non-Boredoms song called Jungle Taitei(sic)that is kind of junglish sounding.
More proof that Boredoms weren't the bunch of one-note morons their detractors thought.
Gone is the chaos and abstraction and in its place is a brilliantly catchy, yet monotonous hypno-beat. "9", the sixth toon, is a wonderful studio sound (re)mix cut-up of essentially a 5 second bit extended to 6 minutes -- but it holds your attention with just slight adjustments and variations. "8", track number 7, isn't, in description much besides an accelerating drumroll, but when you listen it GROWS.
So what you have in the end is a goofy masterwork, a record that is funky, surreally syrupy in the weirdest spots, minimalist bliss. It's completely unlike the earlier records and paving the way to their SUPER AE and VISION CREATION NEW SUN. Give it a try, crank the pedal, put on your earphones and zone out.