Despite their increasingly high profile, and a tendency for earth-shatteringly large performances, Japanese noiseniks Boredoms most recent release is pretty impossible to find. Part of the group’s long-running Super Roots EP series, the record’s first run in Japan sold out almost immediately, and they’ve yet to announce a Stateside release. For now it looks like it’s only available in the obscure (and somewhat seedy) corners of the interweb. After the jump, Aaron Leitko ventures into the ether for a snapshot review of the all-to-elusive album, plus we offer our favorite MP3.
Boredoms: Super Roots 10 For Boredoms, more is always more. Over the last ten years, the band went from one drummer, to three, and then made the leap to 88. Songs went from two-minutes in length to 22. Comparatively, Super Roots 10, the latest entry in the band’s long-running EP series, dials things back a little bit. That’s not to say that “Ant 10” — the EP’s single new composition — is at all austere. Waves of chattering percussion coalesce into a tribal bliss-out glued together by undulating synthesizers and Eye’s avant-skatting. But compared to Super Roots 9 — a 40-minute live set accompanied by a 24-member choir — this might as well be the Ramones. They’ve been working the same territory since ’00s Vision Creation Newsun, so it’s pretty run-of-the-mill, at least by Boredoms standards. The accompanying remixes are a little more surprising, particularly Norwegian producer Lindstrom’s take, which re-molds “Ant 10” into skewed italo-house. You’ll have to do a little searching for the entire album, but you can check out the Lindstrom cut here (it’s by far our fave).
– Aaron Leitko
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