You could say OOIOO define the word “unpredictable.” Armonico Hewa came before Gamel, but in thanks to a recent Thrill Jockey newsletter I received in my inbox, I’ve found that there’s still some copies left of this limited pressing; at press time, the count is at a humble nine. Another word the Japanese band defines is “experimental.” On the surface, there appears to be no rhyme or reason to the band’s explosions of sound but does there really need to be? OOIOO fluctuate between post-punk, neo-psychedelia and pop even. If you wanted something bursting full of life and something that can make you feel like you can hold the sun between your hands, Armonico Hewa is your main man. I’m not sure why, but this album just makes me smile. Sure, I can’t really understand what’s going on (or what they’re saying) but I guess that’s the fun of it – being confused. Listen to the Spotify stream of Armonico Hewa below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

CD version comes packaged in an Ultra-Deluxe six panel old-style tip-on mini-LP style gatefold package. Custom made by the printer for this release!

LP version is limited to 1,000 copies and comes in a gatefold jacket with free download coupon!

Thrill Jockey is pleased to announce the arrival of Armonico Hewa, OOIOO’s sixth full-length album and first record in over three years! Armonico Hewa continues the rapturous and frenetic celebration of nature that coursed through the veins of their 2006 album TAIGA. Where as TAIGA meant “forest” in Russian and “big river” in Japanese, Armonico Hewa is a combination of words (“armonico” is Spanish and “hewa” is Swahili) that is defined by the band as “air in a harmonious state”. Like the cross-cultural title, Armonico Hewa is a mind-melting combination of stylistic reference points that can only be described as some kind of tribal psychedelia that is oddly spiritual and alarmingly urgent.

OOIOO leader Yoshimi began her music career in 1986 playing drums in UFO or Die with Eye and later joined him in the revolutionary noise-pop experimentalist Boredoms. While the group has featured different musicians in the past, the same all-female four-piece who created TAIGA is once again the driving force behind Armonico Hewa. Longtime OOIOO guitarist Kayan, bassist Aya and drummer Ai join Yoshimi to create one of the most enthralling, adventurous and unique bands in modern music.

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