This Pitchfork approved Asian-Canadian duo fuse Western and Eastern sounds into a yin yang of hauntingly sweet pop melodies and doom metal atmospherics. They dub themselves “Noh-wave”, in reference to the oft-atonal post-punk fissure no-wave and Noh, the classical form of Japanese musical drama.
Their theatrical, psychedelic live shows feature a backing cast of costume designers, artists and lighting techs alongside drummer Alaska B and singer Ruby Kato Attwood and explain much of their appeal. Add to this an outstanding eponymous debut album and a worldly concoction of influences and they’re pretty much everything – progressive, idiosyncratic, playful – you could ever really want from an “experimental act” in 2012.
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