SUNDAY AUGUST 24 8pm
MAXIMUM AROUSAL presents
NORIKO TUJIKO (Japan)
LAST OF THE REAL HARDMEN (UK)
Noriko Tujiko is the undisputed queen of Japanese avant-pop experimental music. Over her 11 albums Tujiko has carved out a uniquely spliced vision of divergent pop. Though Tujiko is often compared with Bjork, this is a misleading tag: her work veers more toward the minimal, starting with several looped passages that build up to become a complex and multilayered structure, cutting a fine path through delicate melodies and deconstructed rhythms. At times she is consumed by washes of digital electronics, only to emerge again in the most elegant and sonically intriguing ways. This is Tujiko’s first visit to Melbourne in many years, after a swag of astounding new releases that position her at the very top of contemporary avant-electropop. A perfect intimate introduction for new fans and a welcome return for the already converted.
Also appearing from the UK is The Last Of The Real Hardmen, a solo project from Nottingham guitarist Chris Summerlin, a member of rock bands the Lords, Wolves! and Reynolds. With subliminal nods to John Fahey, Loren Connors & Neil Young's 'Arc', Summerlin's solo guitar improvisations showcase the power and imagination he is capable of. Feedback, minimalism and distortion are skilfully employed to create sounds that are texturally rich and perfectly structured. An evening not to be missed!!
Sun Aug 31 - Haco (Japan) + Tom Hall (Brisbane)
Sun Sept 7 - DJ Olive (USA) + Tim Olive (Canada)/Robbie Avenaim + Robin Fox's Laser Extravaganza
Sun Sept 14 - Shoji Hano (Japan) with Kris Wanders, Yusuke Akai & more
Sun Sept 28 - Brandon Labelle (USA) + Domenico Sciajno (Italy)