nin kuji – Shangtian Stage Version

Nin Kuji EP cover On a fun whim, I purchased this mp3 download from emusic.com. Wow. It was worth it! Overall, I am reminded of Test Dept. but with an Eastern-Oriental flavor.

Track 1: “Tamashaii (rehearsal version 2011)” – Opens slow and leads you into a crescendo, cutting to traditional Japanese folk instrumentation, which is nicely used. End of track uses throat singing to transition into the next track.

Track 2: “Shangitan (rehearsal version 2011)” – Opening refrains is the throat singing. Hand drumming. Heavy bass. Close your eyes and visualize a scene before you – urban, gritty, riding on the commuter train, swaying to the beat of the clackety tracks. Get off the train and continue walking an urban landscape to the beat.

Track 3: “Tribal Nights (Jamsession 2010)” – Smooth transition to next track from the last. Opening evokes the feeling of a stockyard – then you have a horror flick (?) sample overlaid the animalistic – but not quite animal sounds. Animals of the future. Hand drumming in under tones keeping a beat as it moves toward the harmonic segments. This is the track that uses the most disharmonic noise of the three. Also the track with the heaviest bass that could blow a low watt system speaker backing to shreds.
5 out of 5 PBR Pint Rating

Listening notes: Samsung captivate Android phone with factory in ear headphones. I can only begin to imagine what this would sound out of a high end club system or Kicker box – Livin’ Loud.

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About Kirsten Tautfest

Writer. I've done a lot of living in almost 40 years. My first two self-published books in print/Kindle are what I have termed serial soccer fiction. Red Tales is based around a professional soccer team, set in 1998 their inaugural year, and traces the lives of the players, staff, and fans and how they all intertwine and collide for better or for worse.
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