aM: Belong To The Galaxy

~ Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Japanese two piece aM make electronic soundscapes laced with rock sensibilities as this all instrumental album shows. The duo of Kodai and Miyuki have been regular faces on the Japanese electro rock scene with the band Supercar, Kodai being drummer in the band and Miyuki being their producer. The duo claim they wanted to create a sound they describe as 'the imagination of the galaxy'. I'm not sure what that means but it is a million miles away from the twee pop of Supercar.

The sound is at time brutal with an industrial approach to the production which only serves to make the ferocity of their songs all the more intense. This ain't no subtle album. Opener I've God Them tricks you with it's spiraling arpeggiator before erupting into a mash of sonic feedback with layered synths and guitars. If Mogwai went down the electro route you kind of feel they would sound something like this.

The rest of the album follows the same pattern of gentle intros followed by all out mayhem. There is a distinct air of predictability to the whole proceedings which means the
repetitiveness of the songs does become tiresome as the near 18 min long final track The Universe Is Alive (One Huge Sinewave) pays testament to. I understand what the guys are trying to do and that the repetitiveness is part of that but it is difficult to see who this album will appeal to or how they will be able to develop their sound for the future. More of a curious oddity than a post rock masterpiece.

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