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Gridfailure and Megalophobe: Tasukete

If you look up little-known facts about The Exorcist, one of the cool things you’ll learn is that the Japanese word Tasukete (“Help Me”) shows up in the film just above the door of a testing facility. Gridfailure and Megalophobe gave this collaboration the name Tasukete, not only to recall that detail from the film but also to suggest that this album a cry for help within the search to make sense of the strangest parts of our experience. Put another way, this is a deep dive into the strangest possible locations. Nothing is safe and our perceptions are always compromised.

If you’ve never heard either of these bands before, prepare to cry out for some help. Both bands create music that can only be called experimental, psychotic, and confused noise. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s not. As the promotional materials state, this is “an album ripe with confusion, unhinged with contorted visions, and explosive self-immolation through strenuous psychosis.” I like that description, but words are never enough to capture what you’ll hear. If you listen to this album, give yourself time to adjust to the new and unfamiliar sounds and then just see what happens. If you give it a chance, you’ll find that the music gets more interesting and more engaging as it goes. There’s a method to all the strangeness and it can reward patient listening. That was my experience, but maybe I’ve just willingly followed both bands down some very strange pathways.

I suggest starting with “Agoraphobic Claustrophobia” and the title track. If you like those, switch over to “Live Broadcast Seppuku” and then maybe just shift back to the beginning.

Track Listing:
1. Dear Fuckhead
2. Tension Benders
3. Tasukete
4. Unnamed Tempomatic
5. Agoraphobic Claustrophobia
6. Play Me a Jig Through the Corpse of a Cyborg
7. Panic Day
8. Live Broadcast Seppuku

Added: November 30th 2018
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Bandcamp Page
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Language: english

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