Having released a small body of work in the mid-80's, and returning in the 2010's, Grim (Jun Konagaya White Hospital, withTomasada Kuwahara) are a cult name among the pioneers of Japanese noise and power electronics.
Rather than simply repeating their signature sound, "Magnolia's Dream" also offers danceable electronica rhythms, organ music and moments of serene ambience with uncompromisingly harsh and brutal barrages of violent noise, torturous feedback and layers of crackling distortion.
A multi-faceted album with new atmospheres, new approaches and new elements, which is what fans of Grim expect.
"Magnolia's Dream" is a complex album, one that takes the listener from one extreme to the other in the blink of an eye.
Where one track can lull the listener into a sense of calm with beautiful, understated melodies, the next will shake them awake with unrelenting harshness and audial violence, or plunge him into deep pits of unease with haunting death industrial soundscapes.
But whatever guise each track takes, one thing's clear: it's a master at work here.
Hand-numbered edition of 200 copies in 6 panels Digipak + 12 pages booklet.
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