Kazumoto Endo
While You Were Out


4.5
superb

Review

by Pon STAFF
March 5th, 2015 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: MOVE YOUR BODY!

Of all the artists that have tried to find common ground between conventional music and harsh noise, without compromising the core principles of the latter, few can claim to have done it better than Kazumoto Endo on his debut full-length While You Were Out. Maintaining the exhaustingly visceral edge that pervades music of this ilk, Endo combines it with a range of jovial pop sensibilities in a manner that feels sincere in its ambition and natural in its performance. The result is an album that can act as a gateway to the nether regions of noise for the uninitiated, while simultaneously appealing to those better versed in what is ultimately a rather misunderstood genre of music. This is certainly no mean feat, especially given that Endo’s work – eclectic and intricate as it may be – still usurps a vast portion of the noise repertoire in terms of unadulterated intensity.

The eponymous opener engrosses the listener with a perpetual and somewhat goofy tribal beat, underpinning a gamut of manipulated static, cut-and-paste sound effects and explosive walls of industrial noise, akin to that of corrugated iron sliding along a rotating blade. Endo’s philosophy is mostly unchanged throughout the eight remaining tracks, but a number of things distinguish While You Were Out from the litany of sonic endurance tests that make up a good share of its contemporaries. Chiefly, the album is fun, and it’s apparent that Endo is enjoying himself making it as much as anyone else will be in the process of listening to it. “Itabashi Girl” completely derails the hypnotic vibe of the title track, swapping the foundation of drums for a poppy refrain upon which the eruptions of noise jump and dance in a remarkable display of call-and-response. The song concludes with an emphatic sample that implores you to “move your body!” before delving into utter chaos once again. This particular moment stands a testament to Endo’s vision as an artist, perfectly demonstrating his impulsive, care-free attitude through the use of three simple words. His fervent for inappropriate cutaways is flaunted until the album’s closure, and each segue is delivered with such impeccable timing that one can’t help but be left in hysterics every now and then.

While You Were Out is unlike any album I’ve ever heard before, while many albums are aesthetically and compositionally similar, none of them possess the same kind of endearing – and at times gut-wrenchingly comical – outlook that Endo displays here. Whether you’ve had difficulty in coming to terms with the esoteric stylings of harsh noise, or you consider yourself an enthusiast, While You Were Out is an indispensable chapter in the genre’s history, and an essential listen.



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treeqt.
March 5th 2015


16970 Comments


noisy album art

ShitsofRain
March 5th 2015


8250 Comments


zipper!

keep em coming

adr
March 5th 2015


12097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sweet review dude and lol this is damn catchy for Noise, dig it hard :D



CalculatingInfinity
March 5th 2015


9498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad this finally got a review, nice job Jac.

treeqt.
March 5th 2015


16970 Comments




Wizard
March 5th 2015


20393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yep, need to hear this!

FadedSun
March 6th 2015


3020 Comments


Need to check this.

YetAnotherBrick
March 6th 2015


6691 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank you so much for this review- i found this album a while ago but forgot who it was. i only remembered that great album cover haha

YetAnotherBrick
March 6th 2015


6691 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well clearly the dude had it all figured out

Wizard
March 8th 2015


20393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm so confused by you sometimes Jac, you say you don't like a lot of the harsher power electronics and this is just stutter-stop, ear piercing awesomeness.



Also, I hate just calling this noise because it's so much more than that.

ShitsofRain
March 8th 2015


8250 Comments


just calling it noise is what parents do

tommygun
March 8th 2015


27077 Comments


neg hi jac

Jots
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2015


7417 Comments


my kinda ish, nice write-up too as per

CalculatingInfinity
March 11th 2015


9498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just started my listen to this....well this is something else.

CalculatingInfinity
March 26th 2015


9498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ugh this is fucking amazing.

Let
April 13th 2015


1910 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is some funky musik

adr
April 13th 2015


12097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i can dance to the t/t tbh

CalculatingInfinity
April 13th 2015


9498 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Track 3 is the best the dance too.

superluminals
October 10th 2017


946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

real gud

Ryus
October 10th 2017


28011 Comments


real noizey shit always fucks w my tinnitus :[

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