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4 stars Their terrific soundscape has given me headache, earache, and stomachache ... all of which could be my pleasure, magically.

A Japanese (eventually) short-lived, one-off quintet P.O.N. were gradually kicked off by five renowned artists in Japanese underground music scene - Masahiro UEMURA (drums, percussion; ex-Shibusashirazu, Ground Zero), Junji HIROSE (saxophone; ex-Shibusashirazu), Masaki SHIMIZU (bass), Kumiko TAKARA (vibraphone; ex-Bondage Fruit) and Natsuki KIDO (guitars; ex-Bondage Fruit). This eponymous album consists of ten funnily, funkily titled tracks (e.g. the name of a Japanese pop female singer, the name of a British King, a swindler, or a liar ... lol). Cannot imagine the relationship between a tune and its title at all ... maybe someone has hit upon a word / phrase, that enlarged and broadened their idea for the tune, with their loud laughter I guess, though. Regardless of funny song titles, we can get amazed and have fun with their merciless, heartless instrumental violence. Every player could play strictly and aggressively such complex, polyrhythmic tunes (even if the tunes had come to the world along with well-calculated creation) with others. And surprisingly, every genius is striking, outstanding, and self-assertive for his / her play (!) but at the same time, is pretty balanced, harmonized with each other - namely, there is no frontman nor tomboy who had broken their matured atmosphere, although their eccentricity should be based upon Masahiro's drumming. That reminds me Natsuki's comment; "Cool play, cool tunes cannot be born without our solidarity."

As if all musicians upon P.O.N. ground worked as a united body / soul, P.O.N. could construct such a impressive world with various instruments, various melodies, various riffs, and various energetic protests against pop / rock music. Really cool as Natsuki says.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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