Tuesday, August 14, 2007

ENEMA MUSIC-ENEMA PROJECT, LP, 1984, JAPAN





Despite the transgressiveness suggested by the moniker and title of this curio, Enema Music are anything but the post-industrial sourpusses their name might imply, though asserting what precisely this is instead is a tricky bit of business, as the musical predilictions of this inscrutable project are a bitch to get a bead on. Principally, this is down to the slickly commercial and the explicitly odd playing chalk 'n' cheese footsie for the duration of this album, with the sublime colliding headlong into the flaccid. The good bits here are decidedly heavyweight though and leave a taste on the tongue of everything from Hajime Tachibana to Hosono & Yokoo to Dennis Weise/Wize, though beware: many of the cheeseburger moves here have been frontloaded, so don't be dissuaded by an encounter with a few iffy bits at first.

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7 comments:

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Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Um... maybe it would be helpful to say what instruments are used on the album? Is it electronic? Accoustic? Does it have vocals? Is it abrasive? Rhythmic? Ambient?

You guys know I adore you, as I've said many times, but that description is too clever by half.

I will, however, take a listen!

Princess Sparkle Pony said...

Hmmm... OK, this sounds like French new wave from the period. It's pretty much pop/new wave with a few isolated interesting touches, some nice stereo saxes on a couple of songs, lots of phased guitars. I would rate this fairly low on the mutation index.

Anonymous said...

My apologies, as I have not added nearly enough "thank you"s for the seemingly unending barrage of introductions. Admittedly, I am months behing in listening to items I have sampled from this blog...but, I feel a much belated HUGE THANKS is in order.

The Gnome

vdoandsound said...

princess sparkle pony-You're probably right about my not venturing quite enough particulars about the nature of this recording (well...i try my best, but I'm bound to slip up a bit now and again...), though as you've done your own capsule review, I'll just add that the good half of whats going on here strikes me as rather more advanced than you seem to feel it is. I really love that sax playing on said good bits (that's where the Tachibana reference comes in) but even more so that effected guitar work! The bit on "Hold Me Baby" (gotta wince a bit at those titles) sounds like nothing so much to me as the guitar heard on Picky Picnic's "The Setting Sun In Africa"...

Anonymous said...

http://www.fsinet.or.jp/~eneman/ENEMA/ENEMAMAIN.html

For titles in Japanese.

Anonymous said...

FYI, the first two tracks (Cut the Wire and Lady) are fused together, meaning a track title is missing: Island, the first track on side B.