Monday, December 27, 2010

鞠螺千世 [kiKURAChiyo] (Canada/Croatia) - sketchgrind (2010)

鞠螺千世 (KiKurachiyo) no. 2, much faster and noisier and goddamn sketchy (open the blue schematic above for the tracklist counting ten minutes & forty-four seconds). I can't promise that you'll like it, even if you liked Satan Samurai ¤REC Pirate Force, 'cause, while it's still punk as fuck, it has gone a bit into the abstract and came to be with a somewhat specific approach in the first place, one that we dubbed "sketchgrind" ('cause I'd rather use a term made-up a bit less predictably than post-grind, hahaha... just kidding). Specifically, what if one could play / act-out grind in stream of consciousness, much like writers such as Woolf, Kerouac, Faulkner attempted, or, perhaps much more similarly, what the alleged surrealist application of "automatism" claimed to apply (e.g. Breton). I mean - in regard of using a blank piece of paper, the page of some notebook, as the point upon which one can develop / form and develop expression - what if one's canvas was... the blastbeat?

How successful was the attempt? Well, can't do much but let others be the judges, albeit they inherently cannot do this objectively for reasons other than "music is subjective, d'oh!" 'cause these songs are egoistic, self-indulgent, pertaining completely to a feeling for a less decided, more free approach to grind, the realization of which does not necessarily happen in the finished product, but in the very process of becoming; i.e. it's a given that only me and Orfee can consider whether we've accomplished our grind-needs in accord to our expressive notions, like with any other self-reflecting band / project. And hey, the point of the whole thing was still expression, sincere and emotionally releasing and everything that I had found in the extremity that is grind in the first place. That said, there's a whole essay on sketchgrind inside.

Nah, that wasn't a joke. The final product that entailed the first KiKurachiyo had also contained a load of shit (the nicer, selected portion of which [sketchgrind] you see in the post) along with audio tracks, so let it be known that this one's even worse! So eh, we did what we did and we take full responsibility. The download link is at the bottom, anyhow. Not sure what I could say about the directed listener-base seeing as there is none, but certain Discordance Axis fans might like certain elements, and, uh, Swarrrm empathizers could feel similarly about the screaming and yelling 'cause those are the bands that have definitely and significantly influenced us two. I complicate unnecessarily; just don't expect nice(ly produced) music or black metal and you'll be fine. Also, no low volume listening! Bye~



P.S. Have fun and all; I'll be back in the early days of January, 2011.
P.P.S. The front-cover-art is derived from the book cover of Tsuji Jun's 1920 translation of Max Stirner's "Der Einzige und sein Eigentum".
P.P.P.S. Any people / blogs / zines that want to review / criticize / do whatever they want to do with sketchgrind, are encouraged to do so if they, uh, feel like it.

16 comments:

gamefaced said...

i may be biased but the entire effect is a bit of genius. this,

'because a circle has no ends and this negates the idea of polarity (life - death, love - hate, conscious -[subconscious?]- unconscious), its only quality being perpetuity.'

go beyond.

TheThirdChildren said...

Vojislav Seselj? Seriously? ROFL :D
And another turbo-folk sample :)
This just gets better. Grind on!

TheThirdChildren said...

P.S. The artwork is sweet. Pity it's digital only.

Zmaj said...
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gamefaced said...

i didn't say bravo? specifically audio bravo! HARD COPIES ?
: )

Luke Oram said...

This rules. EXACTLY the kind of grindfilth I would like to be hearing in the 2011.

Andrew Childers said...

i've been meaning to ask who did the drawings. they have a very nick blinko quality about them.

Zmaj said...

Thanks you two.

andrew: I drew whatever appears hand-drawn, i.e. the ones not collages or photo manipulations, except for some of those damn cute sketches that Orfee did, most of which are on the black & white photo of Venice. Dunno about Blinko. I mean, I like some of his stuff, but I don't see it.

DesiccatedVeins said...

SO goooood. I love how you balance the high-minded aspects with the pure grinding. More people need to practice this sort of grinditude.

Luke Oram said...

No worries. I sent you an email actually, a few days ago... did it arrive?

Zmaj said...

Thanks nigel; your music enthusiasm considered, you're my man.

Luke, I got the mail. Will respond, too. Just got back to Croatia last night, a bit before midnight, whereby I observed an oppressive "Inbox (34)".

Luke Oram said...

Hah! No problem man, just checking I didn't email it to some random guy, who would be all "THE FUCK IS THIS?"

Anonymous said...

this is lovely. im going to play this on the radio tomorrow.

Zmaj said...

Like, the car radio, or during a radio broadcast? I mean, I would most definitely enjoy listening to a radio broadcasting lo-fi grind. ;)

Anonymous said...

As part of a radio broadcast on the community/college station here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. You could listen online or download it off the archives at CKDU.ca if want to check out the show. It will be airing from 17-18:00hrs Atlantic Time today (Friday Jan 7).

Zmaj said...

Missed the show, but I downloaded. Found the choice of tracks damn weird, which is damn cool. ;) Thanks a bunch for playing, man!