NHK – Unununium 7.0
Raster Noton went into a bizarre hybrid in this release. Sadly, it is only an EP. For those of you curious, Kouhei Matsunaga does have a full length out under his name called “Self VA”. What you’re treated to here is industrial noise levels meets hip hop.
Oh, it is pretty sweet and loud. Yet it doesn’t actually sound like a lot of stuff on Raster. Most Raster stuff doesn’t hit so hard, or deal as much with distortion and loudness. It references more popular forms of music a bit less obtuse (read: obvious) than his counterparts. Despite this, it isn’t exactly accessible music. If you have a fondness for industrial this may suit you.
Melodies, there are none. I couldn’t find them anyway; they are usually hidden as tiny little fragments. The focus is on rhythm. At all times that focus is razor sharp, it feels like you’re just swimming through beats or the remnants of beats. Head-nodding never felt so weird.