Nagamatzu: Shatter Days LP (Dark Entries, 2013)

August 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Nagamatzu: Shatter Days

Nagamatzu: Shatter Days

Dark Entries released a 1986 cassette by Nagamatzu on LP back in 2010, and now they’re releasing this LP containing 4 of the 5 songs on their debut tape from 1983. Side B is all compilation tracks and an unreleased track. Minimal drum machine, atmospheric synth and bass guitar, mostly instrumental. Not super dark, but not happy either. “Possession” has echoing spoken word vocals. “Deliberation” actually does have a pretty bright melody, and interesting layered elements. “She Speaks Close” also has some minimal spoken vocals, maybe sort of resembles a very minimal version of Skinny Puppy. “Bird, Spider, Fly” is more upbeat and also has some disembodied voices floating around and being played backwards, and also kind of a proto Twin Peaks chord progression. “Radio Song” is a later unreleased track and seems a little bit more spiffed up than the earlier tracks.

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