Group A

Circulation
Group A
Circulation

Storming new 12" of stricken tone-poems and minimal industrial manoeuvres from Japanese duo Group A. The pitched-down, smacked-out YMOisms of 'Consumer' and the itchy no wave of the title track stand out by virtue of their fully techno-compatible PULSE, but Group A's work is amost interesting when there's more of a jazz-informed looseness and dissolve at play, when things get a bit madder and a bit vaguer: the opening track, 'Disobeyed Flute' (hell hath no fury like a disobeyed flute!) is a mesmerising cyclical piece that feels like it was sprung from an excruciatingly rare Japanese pastoral ambient side, flying high on fumes of Toru Takemitsu, John Cameron's Kes score, and late '70s ECM; the garbled vocals, atonal whines and broken drum loops of 'The Devil To Play' fall somewhere between Fluxus self-exorcism and industrial self-flagellation, and the suspenseful drones and distant percussion of 'Float' would sit nicely on the soundtrack of the art-house conspiracy thriller of your dreams.  Lovely hand-assembled, screen-printed sleeve too. Edition of 300, these won't stick around long. 

 

 

 

 

£13.99