Two of Japan's more formidable and outwardly bound units here, each proffering a monolithic 30+ minute track of exploratory probings. Rovo's track "Sino" finds this furiously propulsive ensemble at their most slippery and elusive; various strands of atmospheric mystery ultimately coalescing into bouyantly funky prog grooves that sound like Yann Tomita spritzing late-model Bondage Fruit with electronic bubbles from his Audio Science Laboratory. Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden meanwhile offer an object lesson in sampladelic postmodern post-everything post-rock; provisional assemblages consistently collapsing under avalanches of musical signifiers. Like their peers in Optical*8, O.A.D. or Demi Semi Quaver, DCPRG exist in the fissures between the funky, the proggy and the deconstructedly clusterfucked. Ground Zero on a Carl Stalling kick? Dee-lite produced by Eye Yamatsuka? It's all here, Date Course Pentagon Royal Garden concocting hot shit constructs of detourned kitsch and slink from their recipe of everything and the kitchen sink.
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