The Gerogerigegege
Moenai Hai


3.3
great

Review

by Tristan Jones EMERITUS
April 28th, 2016 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 53rd and 3rd

Having basically dropped off the face of the earth fifteen years ago, Juntaro Yamanouchi gives Moenai Hai a sense of enigma: some contextual food for thought, and some inconclusive ideas. The sudden, low-hype release of Moenai Hai leads one to believe that The Gerogerigegege’s creative driving force is conflicted, but dedicated, presenting something that needed to be said, but not how Yamanouchi might normally say it. It’s sorta futile to outline The Gerogerigegege’s typical modes of communication, as they range from onstage vacuum-cleaner masturbation to coprophagia, but by contrast, their newest offering is bizarrely sombre and deliberate. The album seeps with solitude and incongruity, made all the more effective at the hands of an artist known for being unabashedly honest. After the sloppy, self-aware half-heartedness of 2001’s Saturdaynight Big Cock Salaryman, the sense of introspection on Moenai Hai is powerful.

Opener “Out of Saiga” consists of a light, rumbly texture and concrète noises, resembling an indeterminate city setting. It bears all the intimidation of a metropolis with none of the bustling life, as though the protagonist is walking down a street with their eyes closed, able to shut out all human noise within a ten-mile radius, allowing the crushing ambience of the distant background to settle. The metallic creaks and groans resemble derelict playground equipment, perhaps symbolizing how Yamanouchi has grown detached with his youth, but is nonetheless a shell of it, via his more raucous previous work that hangs over him like a cloud - only speculation, though. Eponymous follow-up “The Gerogerigegege”, allegedly composed over thirty years ago, hits with the impact of waking up in a surging electric chair. The heavy, shoegazey riff is a complete contrast to the opener, and charges the track with endless energy. At times, the main riff falls to the back, as JY delivers emotive, noisy guitar improvisations like a monologue overtop a shadowed, moving frame - this frame being a sweaty audience, totally unaware of the random mental sidestep. The outro is an extended tremolo fury, like the few seconds before a guitarist finishes a song with one final, explosive chord, only it never comes, as though JY is savouring it for all it’s worth. Titled appropriately, it typifies the physicality of The Gerogerigegege, but with the album’s emotional hardships in tow.

Yet another complete 180, “Tokyo: Sea of Loser / Donors for USA” is minimalist, droning piano work, where each stroke coincides with empty space. While the emotional component works in conjunction with the album’s themes - especially a sense of spacial limbo - its face-value worth is slightly ruined by an unnecessary runtime; it starts with boring dark ambient, endures twenty-ish minutes of boring dark ambient, and finishes with boring dark ambient. It conveys a feeling of being forgotten, and stuck in a weird transitory state; it’s the aftermath of nothingness. It’s just a weird inclusion, as closer “Final Tuning” accomplishes what it couldn’t, and actually bears the innuendo of the crushing title track, as though the disaster still hangs in the air. The music box is a significant post-tramatic symbol, as the childlike musical plaything seems oblivious to the subsided musical chaos; the presence of “Tokyo: Sea of Loser / Donors for USA” is all the more frustrating. In a way, the irresolution might be compared to Yamanouchi’s lengthy withdrawal and possible self-discovery - again, only speculation.

Despite being stylistically all-over-the-place, and hindered by “Tokyo: Sea of Loser / Donors for USA” ’s elongation breaking up the flow, Moenai Hai is a compelling reflection of Juntaro Yamanouchi’s absence. In hindsight, what's perhaps most interesting about Moenai Hai is the tragedy of its tameness. This is the same person that created Tokyo Anal Dynamite, and left a legacy of untouchable lunacy, baffling those who didn’t immediately peg his output as nonsense. This is The Gerogerigegege trying for an uncertain audience, with an uncertain message, for uncertain response, and no recourse. It's the sound of a broken man dismantling.



Recent reviews by this author
Jon Hopkins SingularityReindeer Field Reports From The Western Lands
Cecil Taylor Unit StructuresDrowse Cold Air
Iannis Xenakis Persepolis (2018 Reissue)Mark Applebaum Speed Dating
user ratings (40)
Chart.
3.5
great
other reviews of this album
Winesburgohio CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
How can we change?...



Comments:Add a Comment 
JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
April 28th 2016


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

no idea if there's a stream anywhere, but someone uploaded it to youtube so:

"ゲロゲリゲゲゲ (The Gerogerigegege) " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZGNTx6SrrE (other tracks are also uploaded)



http://lustvesseldistribution.blogspot.ca/2016/03/the-gerogerigegege-cd-on-eskimo-records.html

oltnabrick
April 28th 2016


36324 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

o

,.

Digging: Nivhek - After Its own Death/ Walking in a Spiral

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2016


18451 Comments


fuk

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Dance of the Moon and the Sun

likeshad0ws
April 28th 2016


88 Comments


Didn't know these guys were releasing music again.

Supercoolguy64
April 28th 2016


8765 Comments


these were the guys that released a blank cassette that had a squid tentacle packaged in it right?

Digging: Cave In - Until Your Heart Stops

torts
April 28th 2016


4300 Comments


when i n the FUCK

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
April 28th 2016


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

@super - yeah the very same

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 28th 2016


40949 Comments


damn that was quick

Digging: Amon Tobin - Fear In A Handful Of Dust

Ovrot
April 28th 2016


13304 Comments


Sweet will have o give a listen

YetAnotherBrick
April 28th 2016


6691 Comments


brilliant review. awesome that this dude is still at it

Winesburgohio
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2016


2448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is the best news

Digging: The Dead C - Rare Ravers

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
April 28th 2016


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

yeah like where the fuck has this guy even been tbh, but here it is

Winesburgohio
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2016


2448 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

as someone who prefers their Gerogerigegegege maudlin and haunting rather than confrontational and abstruse (although both are good) this is a godsend. really good shit

iamamanfromspace
April 29th 2016


1030 Comments


Really need to get my shit together and get down to the record store to grab this album

owen
April 29th 2016


5146 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

do they even sell this outside of Japan?

iamamanfromspace
April 29th 2016


1030 Comments


Maybe in some places, I'm in Osaka though

BlacKapes
April 29th 2016


1961 Comments


its admiring and inspring how long that guy can jack off on stage to random screaming

brainmelter
April 29th 2016


6238 Comments


Wasn't the review summary '1,2,3,4' before?

Digging: You and I - The Curtain Falls

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
April 29th 2016


6681 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

yeah but I chose a different Ramones reference : /

JigglyPDiddy
April 29th 2016


3354 Comments


I've only heard Yellow Trash Bazooka. May give this a listen.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy