Boomkat Product Review:
You've got to love that sleeve art - there he is, Masami Akita, the most revered of all noise artists, submerged with his laptop amongst his dolphin friends. If for some reason you'd never previously heard a Merzbow record, that sort of imagery might have you thinking Dolphin Sonar was going to be some sort of cute'n'cuddly poptronica outing, but of course it's an hour's worth of mind bending agony with an animal rights agenda. This is one angry, angry record. While it's contextualised as a protest album against the annual cull of dolphins in Taiji, Japan, this music speaks a universal language, with a vocabulary made up of raw blasts from analogue electronics, the sound of things being smashed up and frenzied oscillations. Very much in keeping with the tone of Merzbow's recent on-form output, Dolphin Sonar is as absorbing and articulate as it is uncompromisingly extreme.