4/30/17 – World’s End Girlfriend “Seven Idiots” (2010)

World’s End Girlfriend is the musical project of Japanese multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde composer Katsuhiko Maeda. His musical style is a melting pot of genres, including Classical, Noise, Pop, Glitch, and Experimental. The first half of Seven Idiots in particular is very electric guitar driven, and a big focus on Pop melodies. Saying that though it is extremely erratic, filled to the brim with glitchy drums and brief and bizarre music samples. The second half is more experimental and noisy, challenging the listener. I avoided this album for a long time because I first heard the track The Offering Inferno, which scared the shit out of me, but more on that later.

The Divine Comedy Reverse is a great introduction to the schizophrenic production on this album, feeling like 10 different songs smashed together. I’m not too familiar with the genre so my mind instantly goes to Squarepusher, if you’ve heard his music then you know what to expect. It’s like if you took his music and blended it with a Japanese Pop band. Les Enfants du Paradis explodes with a wonderful Indie Pop sound spliced with his glitchy sampling to make a really fun track. DECALOGUE minus 8 has a great and acidic bass that somehow works it’s way into a catchy groove before overtaken by frantic synths that feel like they can’t play fast enough. This is honestly one of the few albums where I have absolutely no idea what is coming up next.

Bohemian Purgatory is when Maeda abandons the Pop music theme, with parts 1 and 2 being much more Jazzy than the rest of the album. Part 3 is a mixture of his previous glitchy and sometimes beautiful melodies mixed with Harsh Noise. It’s an interesting sharp contrast of a computer-generated harp plucking away as this torrent of noise crashes in and out of the song. This trio of songs is absolutely fascinating, and with 1 & 2 being quite enjoyable Jazz/Glitch fusion. Der Spiegel im Spiegel im Spie is when he takes his ideas to the extreme, the samples being shorter, more random, louder, and more frantic. It’s as if someone had a giant keyboard that played a different sample every time they hit a note, and the keyboard was endlessly large to accommodate the hundred(s?) of samples used here. The glue that keeps it all together is a single note played by a piano, over and over, keeping you still on earth. As the time between piano hits grow larger you want to hear that lonely note more and more. It continues into the next track, The Offering Inferno

The Offering Inferno is probably the scariest song I’ve ever heard in my life. A constant choir note is added to the plaintive piano, but it’s filled with glitchy chirps, roars of harsh noise, screams, wails of children, and shrieks of power electronics. Even among Harsh Noise albums, this is completely unique. unfinished finale shed opens with some absolutely gorgeous piano playing, and it feels like such a breath of air after being choked by noise for the past 20 or so minutes. It continues to expand into an absolute gem, bringing a tear to my eye. I wonder now if it would have the same effect on me if I hadn’t listened to the whole album beforehand. Seven Idiots is an experience like none other, one I can’t recommend enough.. but I know it’s going to be too much for a lot of people. If the above interested you, then check it out and experience it for yourself.