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Gamel

Thrill Jockey

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First things first: how do you feel about gamelan? Are you keen on malleted metallophones? Take note of this album's title and know that you are in for a heavy dosage. This is likely independent music's most gamelan-centric outing since that crazy record with the Thai elephants. No pachyderms sharing the spotlight here, though. Not sure those big-eared hippies could keep up, as this particular shade of gamelan iswhat?an outré amalgamation of Magma's willfully obtuse operatics, Steve Reich's looping percussion explorations, Sun City Girls' ethnic appropriations and WTF-fetish, and, you know, just Japan. By the fourth song you may feel as though you've endured eight. But persevere and the demented ear will be sublimely satiated. Get your Gamel on. (www.ooioo.jp)

Author rating: 6.5/10

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