OOIOO “Taiga” (2006)

November 7, 2011

The title of this album might suggest some cold ambient territory but you could not get more wrong. Think of Hokkaido in winter and four crazy Japanese girls dancing and chanting on the frozen lakeside. Fronted by Yoshimi P-We, OOIOO move on a thin ice of psychedelia, experimental and tribal. All tracks have strange acronym titles, impenetrable to decipher. The brilliant opener UMA would be a primordial hymn from ancient times if it did not end with a power drill sound (more oddly, it is still awesome). UJA is the witch doctor’s lament accompanied by some possessed females and unidentified noises which all of a sudden turns into a dance track. UMO is the polished version of UMA but it’s more intricate and clever. Sailor Senshi on drugs, anyone? Finally, the closing IOA sees the band unwinding in full. Taiga feels like an improvised adventure but as strongly as it speaks to body, it also speaks to mind. It can be difficult at first but, hey, don’t retreat… reload!

hydrameter: 4/5

Key Tracks: IOA, UJA, UMA, UMO

Watch UMO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ1FLn7T448

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One Response to “OOIOO “Taiga” (2006)”

  1. sErah P. said

    Hokkaido is the best. Been there done that. After your review I’m standing with our North Korean allies and gonna listen to this CD.

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