/ Kema Keur
Genres: experimental electronica, video game music
PO Box 39025
Mar 3 - 9 2003
new ADAADAT record is a beautiful split 12" filled to the brim
with the best
computer game musork you could ever hope for. It features
Tokyo's Cow'P (aka Furuzu Nakano) on side A and Adaadat
co-founder Kena Keur (aka Bjorn Hatleshov) on side B.
The first half sees Cow'P producing some really nice glitch
electronic stuff using his Nintendo Gameboy as his sole sound source. The resulting
pieces are really demented, complex bleepy
soundscapes that sound like Autechre played through the halls
of Bowser's Castle in Super Mario World. Each track is made up
of nice 8-bit beats and bleeps - it's amazing what Nakano can
sculpt out of those few sounds that come out of his handheld
instrument. The melodies aren't as obvious as one may hope for,
but there are lots of really inspired parts nonetheless. It's
best when he goes for the really low-pitched, buzzing sounds that
vibrate your speakers.
The other side sees Kena Keur taking a more poppy, melodic
approach to his tracks. There's a definite resemblance to the
complex, challenging music Autechre exposed us to on LP5.
Bubbly, glitchy beats create wordlessly complex rhythms as synthy
electronics shift and bleep in time. This is strong, toe-tappable
music that stays in your memory for awhile. It's clear that Bjorn
Hatleshov is a very talented musician.
Altogether, this is a wonderful experimental electronic split by a
couple of extremely gifted musicians. Recommended.
Fun Fact: The beautiful do-it-yourself
rub-down transfer artwork that comes with this record was designed by fizzyeye,
who also did the cover art for the Wagon Christ records (Musipal,
Receiver, Tally Ho!).
8 songs, distributed by Smallfish, released