World's End Girlfriend
MEGURI


5.0
classic

Review

by Get Low (The Gatekeeper of Ratings) USER (13 Reviews)
August 25th, 2019 | 23 replies


Release Date: 03/31/2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Slow Riot for New Zero Japan

This music is only for the one person.
I made this music for the life who couldn't stay in this world for a long time.
This music is for leaving evidence of that soul who are no longer with us.
This music is in return of Joy and Humor that I was given from that life.
This music is in return of Grief and Loss that I was given from that death.

Music is beautiful, Human life is sweet.
Let's play music together someday all through many reincarnations.
I dedicate this music to my dearest child in the world, "巡(MEGURI)".


The above message can be found in the description of the music video for Meguri, and is one of the very few public statements that Katsuhiko Maeda (World's End Girlfriend) has made about his music, as well as in general. WEG, who has been churning out his own brand of neo-classical post-rock opuses consistently since the turn of the century, has chosen to remain outside of the spotlight throughout his career and let his music do the talking for him. But Meguri is not just another one of his musical endeavors – it is a story of loss, a journey through life and death, a speculation of what lies beyond. The unfortunate muse of grief is what afflicts WEG here, and he wants us to know it.

I don't want to pick apart the entire above message, as I think it would be better for anyone who reads it and listens to this album to come to their own conclusions as to what it all means. I do, however, want to offer a definition of the word "meguri" as I feel it's important to consider in regards to the music. "Meguri", according to the few Japanese-to-English dictionaries online that I checked, is a noun that most closely means either "circumference", or "the circle around something". There is also a similar Japanese word, "meguru", which is a verb that means "to circle around", or "to tour around". In the instance of this album, I believe "meguri" is referring to the continuous circle of life, death, and either the afterlife or reincarnation.

The mini-album begins with Hello, Goodbye, a short ambient buildup that leads into the title track, which is a nine-and-a-half minute waltz (this in itself holds a bit of irony, since the title of his previous album is Last Waltz). The waltz begins playfully with notes from a glockenspiel chiming on the first beat of each bar, echoed by a palm-muted guitar on beats two and three. Gradually the string bass begins to give the waltz a solid foundation, the drums alternate between bass drum and snare hits at the beginning of each bar, and the violin takes up the melody. The first half of the song treads lightly, with the lead guitar and string bass occasionally picking up the melody with the violin, and the drums eventually adding cymbals to progress the beat. Meguri then crescendos, with the assistance of an additional electronic drum beat, into a climax that is intentionally drowned out by what is, with my best guess, the digital whirring sound of an oceanic wave. After the wave subsides, the violin and glockenspiel emerge at the forefront again and take up a new melody. This is added to once again with the other instruments in the composition, and eventually features a short electronic part that reminds me of a robot excitedly coming to life for the first time. Meguri crescendos one more time, and the digital wave appears again and lasts until the end of the song, which concludes with what sounds like a note from the synthesizer being thrown into the atmosphere and then disappearing.

The third and final track, See You Again, is a synth-driven ambient song. Somewhere in the background of this track, one can hear a sad-sounding, slow-paced piano melody, as well as choir-like singing from distinctly male and female voices at different times. The ambience continues for about seven minutes, until it fades out completely, leaving just the persistent piano melody to slowly disappear on its own, in a manner in which it literally sounds like it's being drowned in water. After a brief moment of silence, one final ambient movement of nearly equal length of the Hello, Goodbye concludes the song.

Meguri, as the title implies, is cyclical. Hello, Goodbye represents conception and birth (saying "goodbye" to the womb); Meguri represents life, from the playfulness of childhood to the seriousness of adulthood; and See You Again represents the process of dying, with the final movement symbolizing the new life that comes after death. We will likely never know what affliction WEG went through that caused him to churn out such a dark and beautiful piece of art, but the themes that drive Meguri are so relatable that anyone who gives this album a fair listen will surely be moved by it to some degree.



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Get Low
August 25th 2019


6317 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJfQXud65X0&t=4s

There's the full album. The intro, for whatever reason, is not currently on Spotify.



This guy is my favorite solo artist, and he deserves a lot more attention than he gets. Post-rock fans especially should check this ASAP. This is a masterpiece if I've ever heard one.

zaruyache
August 25th 2019


21298 Comments


ngl forgot this guy existed. Might have to listen through the rest of his discog at work this week.

artiswar
August 25th 2019


9268 Comments


review summary gave me a giggle. will check

Get Low
August 25th 2019


6317 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pls listen to this, frens. It's short and sweet.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2019


16115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh fuck me up, here we go. Dl'ing this and finally checking this project rn. Will read later, have an obligatory pos meanwhile

Digging: 3776 - Saijiki

Get Low
August 25th 2019


6317 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hahaha, good shit Johnny. Thanks man.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2019


16115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

UGH this is only available on Jpopsuki as flac, my ratio and HD capacity hate you ;]

Get Low
August 25th 2019


6317 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Just listen on Youtube my dude.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2019


16115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My iPod and possession complex also hate you now

Get Low
August 25th 2019


6317 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I have the exact opposite problem. I hate having a shit ton of files on my digital devices.

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2019


16248 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its on bandcamp for free dude. your ratio should wait for kanye or some shit

Uzumaki
August 26th 2019


1561 Comments


I honestly forgot this came out. Have a pos while I correct my mistake.

Digging: Seratones - POWER

Get Low
August 26th 2019


6317 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"its on bandcamp for free dude. your ratio should wait for kanye or some shit"



Bandcamp is utter trash, and I have no idea what you're talking about in the second sentence. What ratio?

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2019


16248 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

twas talking to johnny reference his secret website memberships. but yeah, fuck bandcamp it's the stupidest thing ever devised.

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2019


16115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fair points itt and I screwed up, I am sorry plz take me back :[

Demon of the Fall
August 26th 2019


12411 Comments


Nice. Love ‘Last Waltz’ but haven’t gotten around to checking this yet.

Digging: Cara Neir - Part III / Part IV

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2019


16248 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Fair points itt and I screwed up, I am sorry plz take me back :["





shhhhhh it's ok I was just playing along, bandcamp is actually pretty damn awesome, but don't tell get low that....

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2019


16115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*hugs bashfully*

(and yes bandcamp is wonderful but also tedious, kinda like an above-average choice of wallpaper)

JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2019


16115 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*hugs bashfully*

(and yes bandcamp is wonderful but also tedious, kinda like an above-average choice of wallpaper)

Get Low
August 26th 2019


6317 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ahem excuse me gentlemen, I see a lot of you saying you're going to check, but haven't seen any new ratings since I posted the review.



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