I was buying a coffee in Kaffe og Vinyl the other day and something was playing I was gradually getting more and more into. I asked, and the girl held up a record sleeve and said the name, Nagamatzu. I only heard a couple of tracks but it sounded contemporary. If I’d had to put money on it I would have said it was contemporary. Also, look at the picture above… you could have seen them DJ at Distortion last week. Turns out the band, originally a duo and later a trio, released their first music in 1981. The below comes from here:
Their name comes from a character in JG Ballard‘s “Atrocity Exhibition” and their music reflects his influence and incorporates carefully chosen samples from the Challenger shuttle disaster, Gregorian chants and films including “Dawn of the Dead” and “The Omen.” Their songs were recorded onto a Ferrograph reel to reel in a small room at their parent’s house and some of the backing rhythms and sequencers were recorded first onto cassette and then the band played along live.
This is from the second release, Sacred Islands of the Mad. It’s very lovely: