Genres: free rock, improv, Japanese improv
Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107
Feb 3 - 9 2003
first look at Luv Rokambo's liner notes, we see the
credits. Luv Rokambo is Toru Yoneyama and Osam
Kato (from Japan, obviously.) Toru is responsible for
playing the "tokai-tablo, toys, junk microphone, vo." Osam,
meanwhile, plays the "jazzmaster, rapman, per, and vo."
But what does that all mean??? Through careful research, I have been able to deduce that the "tokai-tablo"
is a brand of Japanese guitar, the "jazzmaster" is a type of
Fender jazz guitar, and the "rapman" is an early-90s
keyboard / microphone Casio machine [more
here]. As for the "per" and the "vo,"
well, I have no idea.
Maze is an interesting release from Luv
Rokambo. Instead of going for the frantic, crazy sound that
characterizes many other improv avant-rock performances, they've aimed
for a calmer, more peaceful sound. So you can expect less noise
and more simple guitar strokes and vocal hums.
"Crying Oedipus" and "Only Shadow / Without Human
(III)" have a sort of meditative, moody sound. The quiet
guitars and atonal, non-lyrical vocals work well to keep this mood
going. Other track use more grating sounds but still manage to
keep the calm mood.
Altogether, Luv Rokambo's Maze is
an excellent album for free rock enthusiasts. Though their
seeming self-restraint may put off fans of more crazy Japanese improv,
the soothing sounds of Maze will likely win over anyone with an
9 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2002]