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Boredoms
SEADRUM/HOUSE OF SUN
Vice

Japanís noise-rock flagship band always deserve the benefit of the doubt. Seadrum/House of Sun, their first US release since 1999ís Vision Creation Newsun, is a challenge, with not one but two 20-minute-plus drones, one drum-heavy, the other just heavy. The album is transcendent in spots, but even after repeated listens, I couldnít find much behind Boredomsí wall of impenetrability. At its best, the track "Seadrum" explodes with underwater percussion samples, a firm bedding for Yoshimiís unintelligible croon, and the harp-like splashes of piano glissandi. Itís like some gloriously screwed-up theme to Mr. Rogersís Neighborhood. The drone raga "House of Sun," on the other hand, is a gigantic mess of Eastern strings and ambivalence. Word is, though, that if you play "Seadrum" and "House of Sun" at the same time, itís the greatest song ever.

BY NICK SYLVESTER


Issue Date: July 1 - 7, 2005
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