Wednesday , October 21 2020

Zongamin – Zongamin

Imagine the music created by a 29-year-old Japanese visual artist (Susumu Mukai) living in London on his home four-track with analog electronics, samples, guitars, bass, turntables, electric piano organ and other keyboards, clarinet, cooking spatulas, a matchbox and other found objects, drawing equally from severe avant garde electronica, disco (especially the Chic-like guitar), funk, punk, Sergio Morricone-style film music, surf, and breakbeat dance styles.

You’d have Zongamin, the “group” and the album. I love this quirky, eccentric, back-to-the-future, DIY, post-modern amalgam of the ultra-real and the ultra-false, as cheesy, disorienting, yet as very human as a Japanese monster flick.

The CD is engrossing all the way through, but the last two songs kill: the disco-funk workout “Tunnel Music” cooks with a futurist vengeance, and “Mummies” is a music box-inspired ambient wonder with a hint of menace – very cool iconic graphics by the artist as well. This is what it feels like to be digested and eliminated by popular culture, and enjoy it.

About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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