OOIOO: "Atatawa"

Yoshimi P-We's improv outfit, OOIOO, is releasing their latest album, Gamel, June 30th through Thrill Jockey Records.  The first single surfaced today and it does not disappoint.  With a rhythmic draw and a referential debt to Japanese antiquity, "Atatawa" is a fascinatingly off-kilter and sugar sweet listen.  Check out the track here:

All info was provided by Thrill Jockey Records.




"Layering jagged guitars and vibrant vocals atop skittering rhythms and breathy shouts, it's [Atatawa] a shape-shifting and hypnotic work that ultimately delivers a sense of beatific joy" - Spin

OOIOO has always created a musical language all its own. Under the leadership of Yoshimi P-We (also a founding member of Boredoms), the group has recorded six albums that have subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music.

Four years of work went into making
Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Japanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future.

While previous OOIOO albums have been largely studio creations,
Gamel is the most accurate portrayal of the band’s overwhelming, forceful live presence they have released yet. Hear 'Atatawa', taken from the release below:

Stream/download Atatawa:

Yoshimi began her music career in 1986 playing drums in UFO or Die with vocalist Eye, and later joined him in the revolutionary noise-pop group Boredoms. Her explosive drum performances captivated audiences and even inspired a certain Wayne Coyne to name a now-famous Flaming Lips album in her honour.

Out 30th June via Thrill Jockey
Available on CD / LP / DL

“A monument to the endless possibilities afforded by an improvisational spirit” - Pitchfork

“OOIOO traffic in a crafty kind of post-punk primitivism… the synths, power chords, polyrhythmic drumming and wordless chants building info an irresistible, throbbing whole” - The Wire

“She pulled the band together after posing with a few friends holding guitars, and OOIOO brings a similar playful spirit to its music, which ranges from heavy psychedelic romps to spacey atmospheric strolls” - The New Yorker

“Playful organic tribalism” - SPIN

OOIOO on Twitter / Official website

1. Don Ah
2. Shizuku Gunung Agung
3. Pebarongan
4. Gamel Ninna Yama
5. Gamel Uma Umo
6. Gamel Kamasu
7. Atatawa
8. Jesse Testa
9. Gamel Udahah
10. Kecupat Aneh
11. Gamel Ulda

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