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        2008-03-09       Squimaoto / Squimaoto

Squimaoto is a female trio from Kobe. this is their first full album. (i think they released 2 mini albums on cdr.) when i saw their show at Helluva Lounge in Kobe, i got a shock also i couldn't understand what kind of music their music was... something like a bit This Heat atmosphere, but totally different! their music is so unique for me... ensemble of 2 guitars is really unique and strange sound... also drummer's playing was looks like "playing space"!! ("Squimaoto" means probably Sukima Oto, it means "sounds of the opening space") what a great drumming was!! i had seen their shows a couple of times, always i felt their music was so unique, strange and floating...
i got this new album from them when i played as MMM (Mani Neumeier + Yamazaki Maso + Kawabata Makoto) at Helluva Lounge in Kobe in last February. then Squimaoto played as our support act. when i started to listen to it in first time, i murmured aloud "You got me..." what the great intro is!! this is typical their style what i felt from their music since i saw them first time... intro of 1st track "Uida", guitar sounds are so far and so small volume with a sound of amp buzz, i thought why the volume was so small and sounds were so far...!? suddenly a sound by a cymbal comes with normal volume, finally guitar ensemble with normal volume comes!! what the great guitar riffs are!! also always the drummer keeps just playing space!! and there are some whisper vocals... it looks perfect as the one of the great female group!!
anyway their music is so unique, humble like typical old-fashioned Japanese women, but also strong like typical recently Japanese women... and like drawing... i'm sure more many people will love their music...
their base "Helluva Lounge" in Kobe is the one of the best club in Japan. they try to organize many good concerts, support many local good groups, and make so beautiful cool posters!! i've felt a new movement of the new music will happen from Helluva Lounge in Kobe...
i'm going to reissue their 2 cdrs of 1st and 2nd mini albums on CD from AMT label in near future... i hope more people will discover their beautiful music...

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        2008-03-03       1st album / Ueh

this album was released from our AMT label in 2002. this dbl cd set, disc-m is composed, disc-i is improvised. when i met them in their base Toulouse France first time, it was maybe in 1999. when i stayed at their bassist Audrey's flat, she played their damo recordings. although i was a little interested in their music, their music was so incomplete yet. then they were just trio, Stephane (g), Audrey (b) and Frederic (dr). i met them next time, i saw their show... it was the first time to see their live performance. 2 more members joined, Benjamin (g) and Lemi (kb, tp). their music changed more like completely... when i played in Toulouse, many times they played as my opening act, it means i've seen how they changed and make their music better... one day, they said they recorded 2 discs, so i proposed to release both as one album from AMT label. because i felt their music was so pure and beautiful... of course sometime i felt something were like a bit post-rock atmosphere (usually i don't like), but their music gave me more something to me even i felt like that... at that time, they were so younger, also they didn't know so much music, but it was normal situation in such countryside. even they didn't know so much music, their music was cultivated a pure culture in such countryside...!!!
i feel their music is so pure, consequently fragile too... it means if they will know moremusic, they will grow up as more better musicians, i'm sure they may lose something what is the one of the most important thing for their music... so this album is the one of the diamond in the rough, it's a miracle for me...
i also released Frederic's 1st album from AMT label too. it was his very early recordings. when i listened to his first dbl cdr first time, i loved it so much! he said me he could sell only 3 copies at that time!! so i released it. (i chose the tracks from dbl cdr to make one cd.) after that time, Frederic formed a new group "Hyperclean" that play more like French Pops, they got a kind of success. and he formed a fake American rock group "Ray Vasco & The Crocodiles" too. although he is a kind of genius as a song writer, i love his drumming too. always good song writers / singers can be good drummers! like Robert Wyatt, Charles Hayward, Christian Vander, etc... they can play drums like singing!! Stephane plays always beautiful riffs discreetly in the band. i think he is the key person of Ueh. Audrey's bass playing is brawnily also obduracy, this is antithesis to Stephane's guitar playing. Benjamin's playing is bohemian, and although Lemi's playing is looks like extraneous, he find his place in the band!! i love this collaboration by these 5 musicians... the one of the miracle was recorded on this dbl cd set... so i hope more people will discover this pure music... maybe someone saw their shows when they played in US as the support band of Kinski (then i play as the guest guitarist instead of Matthew) in summer 2004...
Benjamin and Audrey started a new group "Aquaserge", the sounds like 60s psychedelic sound track!! they'll release 1st album from Manimal Vinyl Records.

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