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Fat Possum
666 6-inch
Level Plane Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
It's not every day that one receives a vinyl record in the mail. One probably never unexpectedly receives a bright green 6" vinyl record in the mail, unless perhaps one mail-orders their 1950s breakfast cereal. But a bright green 6" vinyl single is just what I got in the mail, and upon lowering the needle, I had no room for expectations.

Melt-Banana (from the island of Japan) varies their sound a bit on the 666 6-inch, which consists of 6 minutes of music divided into three songs. Coincidentally, this 6" single is released after 6 full-length albums. From a fast, tinny hardcore base the songs reach into a hip-hop beat with electronic static and even a dub-influenced groove alternating with the usual fast noise. We also hear what may be the voice of Mighty Mouse squeaking angrily and incomprehensibly.

Melt-Banana's sounds could be described as "challenging", and this would be due to the minimalist style, high noise level, and the mystery lyrics. While the song names are written in English, they may be sung in English, Japanese, or some hybrid. Truly a challenge. This music is not exactly awe-inspiring, but I would bet a live show is something to behold.

Reviewed by Lance Birch

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