NISENNENMONDAI – “Sorede Souzousuru Neji” (2004)
Drowned in Sound sez:
On paper, treatment Nisennenmondai are the stuff of indie boy wet dreams. Three cute Japanese girls, men’s health unexposed to Western rock music until a decade ago, who picked up their instruments and wrapped chiming kraut rock up with pulsing disco beats and shredded feedback. Learning their instruments by playing along to Silver Apples, Sonic Youth, Neu! and This Heat, their intensely mechanical outsider take on Western musical history has garnered them mass appeal from an army of beard scratchers and musical orientalists.
So, raise your hands those of you who still have dry skinny jeans?
This EP dropped a little more than five years ago, and I still give it regular spins whenever I’m not gobbling up something new in my pile. Somehow, though, I’ve missed out on all their other releases. I’m sure they’re up to snuff, if this disc is any indication.