Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oorutaichi - Drifting My Folklore

Here's an album I've been meaning to blog about for some time, Oorutaichi's Drifting My Folklore from 2007. I don't know much about Oorutaichi, other than that he's a Japanese solo artist/DJ who cooks up some seriously zany acid cartoon music. If you thought that was Cornelius's shtick, prepare to experience new levels of zany acidity - Drifting My Folklore comes bursting at the seams with mutated disco, freak funk, twisted pop hooks, synths and turntables galore, hypnotic grooves, and utterly bizarre vocal melodies that shouldn't work but somehow do. Rarely are albums simultaneously as strange and catchy as this one. Given the overwhelming number of different musical ideas that transpire throughout it, one must really admire Oorutaichi's flawless sense of craft in arranging so many instruments and studio effects into something cohesive, without a moment sounding out of place. (Then again, what could sound out of place on an album like this?) The studio tricks in particular are frequently mindbending and worthy of Nobukazu Takemura at his best. In the end there's probably no describing this album, so let's just say I can comfortably imagine alien robots doing their morning workout routine to it, and leave it at that.

Aside, Oorutaichi contributed one of the best tracks on Shugo Tokumaru's 2009 release Rum Hee, a remix of Shugo's song of the same name.



Andrew said...

Bizzart and I played a show with this guy a few months ago. He is absolutely amazing live!

Abelian said...

Man that sounds like a cool show. I really enjoyed what you did with Bizzart at the Tribal. How'd you get in touch with Oorutaichi?

Andrew said...

Bizzart released some stuff in Japan a few years ago and it caught the attention of Melt-Banana, then that kinda spread somehow to other bands and they must have sent it along to Boredoms at some point, and through that to Oorutaichi. I don't even know exactly how it worked out, but he opened for us at Bizz's most recent CD release party, which was actually kinda awkward because we obviously should have been opening for him since his set was like 10 times more genius that night. It was unbelievably rad, actually.. made me want to rethink the entire concept of performance as a solo musician.