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Taiga
Thrill Jockey

Rating: 7/10 ?


September 11, 2006
Taiga is the tenth recording from the ever-evolving Japanese collective and their latest for Chicago's Thrill Jockey. The album has similarities to the style of like-originated Boredoms with call-and-response vocal chants, drum circle rhythms, and electronic experimentation. The album also engages the fine line of future innovation vs. the natural. Their binary namesake, designer album art, and keyboard/errant sound samples suggest the group is looking ahead, but Taiga is an album that is built upon foundations of acoustic percussion (steel drums, congas, djembe, xylophone, etc.), vocals that range anywhere from group mantras to animal-sounding chirps, and sporadic colorings of rock, four-on-the-floor groove, jungle, jazz and Latin. As weird as that grocery list of instrumental combinations might imply, Taiga is a surprisingly approachable album.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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