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Spike [Agata]

  • 1. Stealth
    2. Ice Diver
    3. Splinter
    4. Animal Instinct
    5. Frontside Boardslide Shovit Out
    6. Pinger
    7. Armillary Sphere
    8. Ecco Feedback
    9. Bungy
    10. Rescued to Be Shot and Killed
    11. Tailgrab
    12. 38915 Bubbles
    13. Team Pocket Pickering
    14. Starfish
    15. Cable Has No Name, The
    16. Vertigo (Recti-Head)
    17. Switch Life
    18. Twilight Sinking
    19. Invaded
    20. Nollie Crooked Grind
    21. Piezo Sparker
    22. Bone Puzzle
    23. Nyazilla
    24. Inokashira Zoo
    25. Air Nozzles and Echoes Reset Live
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7249

  • Credits
    ProducerAgata; Agata

    This is part of Tzadik's New Japan series.
    Personnel: Agata (guitar); Agata (sound effects).
    Recording information: Studio Musuem, Tokyo, Japan (10/2003-01/2004).
    Photographer: Agata.
    Spike is more a series of soundscapes and blasts of noise than actual songs. That probably won't come as much of a surprise to those familiar with Agata's work with Melt Banana, but in a solo context the playing takes on a different character. Agata has a deadly arsenal of effects, and isn't afraid to use them. His "guitar" often sounds more like some kind of ray gun that has been sampled and looped. "Ecco Feedback" sounds a hell of a lot like Jimi Hendrix's "EXP." Actually, this album almost never sounds like a person playing a guitar, which could be a plus for some listeners. Almost all the pieces are fairly brief, and would probably be insufferable were they not. This is not easy listening, but there is a great level of sonic detail in Agata's executions, and he clearly knows what he's doing with his effects. This should appeal to fans of Melt Banana and those who are interested in the outer reaches of guitar manipulation. ~ Sean Westergaard

  • Critic Reviews
    The Wire (p.69) - "Adding further to the complexity with some violent stereo panning, Agata seems constantly determined to find new applications for his guitar."
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