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Artist: HIROSHIGE, JOJO / TAMIO SHIRAISHI
Title: Enka Mood Collection
Format: 10"
Label: An Archives
Country: France
Price: $24.00
"Side A of this split LP features self-proclained “King of Noise”, Jojo Hiroshige, founder member of the legendary Hijokaidan and stalwart of the Japanese noise scene. The B-side is engraved with the naked and guttural voice of sax-player Tamio Shiraishi, accompanied here by guitarist Malenkov Both sides appropriate the Enka repetoire in remarkablky different ways. Jojo Hiroshiges howled declamations and metallic scoria guitars chisel these old Enka ballads into something more monstrous while Malenkovs flamenco arpeggios bandage torn lace around Shiriashis voice. Shiraishi recorded these songs in Uramado, a small kabuki-cho bar haunted by the ghosts of the Tokyo underground. Wandering through the streets of this floating world, one gets re-acquainted with those long lost voices of Enka. This document is only a superficial incision into the exquisite corpse of the Japanese underground, a body of work where traditional and modern musical lines converge and take their rest, having now been cast into oblivion by the relentless changing trends. Enka music is deeply anchored in Japanese society and still remains influential today among those who frequent Karaoke bars where singing is the preferred language." - An Archives. Silkscreened jackets by Alan Sherry of SIWA.

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