Boomkat Product Review:
A firm fave in Merzbow’s early junk noise vein resurfaces on reissue with Important, packing 40 minutes of free-flowing, gunky cacophony
First deployed on the Chaos label in 1983, ‘Material Action 2 (N-A-M)’ yields Masami Akita (Merzbow) duelling with Kiyoshi Mizutani on a junk-shop’s worth of tapes, percussion, organ, synth, and violin. Also found on the legendary 50 x CD ‘Merzbox’ in 2000, the two side-long tracks work out a straight-jacket squirm of atonalities and arrhythmic flow that is pure Merzbow, and especially indicative of his seminal early work that inspired a whole genre in its wake.
Ostensibly an unstructured racket, it’s possible to detect the inspirations of natural world chaos, janky folk, free jazz and jagged blues rock collapsed into the pyroclastic flow of ‘Material Action (N-A-M)’. A lone fiddle soloist barely keeps their head above the clattering rhythms that attempt to drag it under on ‘Nil Ad Mirari’, leading to surprisingly sweet resolution of gamelan-esque tones in the final parts, before ‘Nimbus Alter Magneto Electricity’ really pushes out into primordial soup chaos with a resounding clangour and manacled grasp of his material.