World’s End Girlfriend is a Japanese composer whose work blends complex sound structures with beautiful melodies, reaching from electronic glitch to jazz-infused rock to modern classical. Captivating, enthralling and like nothing you’ve heard before, WEG makes for a surprising yet central addition to London contemporary music label Erased Tapes (Ólafur Arnalds, Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm, Rival Consoles).
‘Seven Idiots is like listening to a maelstrom that sucks all of our artists into a black hole and spits it out as some sort of pop music from the future. It’s insane!’ – Robert Raths, founder of Erased Tapes in an interview with Dazed & Confused Magazine
His brand new album ‘SEVEN IDIOTS’ will finally be released outside of Japan this April. Shifting seamlessly from catchy pop hooks to elaborate orchestrations and brutal IDM drones, it’s an irregular pop album – filled with twists and turns that will have you reaching for the repeat button. At first recorded with vocals, he took the unusual composing method of building up the songs before erasing all of their vocal parts. By dismantling and re-constructing each track, WEG has produced a genre-defying album that truly transcends categorisation.
World’s End Girlfriend hails from Nagasaki Kyushu, Japan and currently resides in Tokyo. Fascinated by his father’s classical music collection, he began his foray into sound at the tender age of 10, creating his early compositions on keyboard, guitar, tape recorders and computers. To date he has composed more than 600 songs, for the most part unreleased testaments of his early experimentations.
WEG first came on Europe’s radar in 2002, invited to perform at Barcelona’s renowned Sonar Festival. On the back of the collaborative album ’Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain’ with Japanese post-rock band Mono, he embarked on extensive tours in Europe and North America in 2005, returning for an appearance at ATP Festival in 2008. Recently performing as a seven-piece ensemble, WEG’s ostentious live show is currently selling out 800 capacity venues in Asia. Filmmakers seem smitten too, with the Go Shibata directed movie ‘Late Bloomer’ (2004) and the internationally renowned ‘Air Doll’ (2009) by award-winning director Hirokazu Koreeda both featuring soundtracks created by World’s End Girlfriend.
The music video for ‘Les Enfants du Paradis’, taken from ‘SEVEN IDIOTS’, has already received over 90.000 views on YouTube. Directed by Yohei Saito, this beguiling visual represents the high level of interest given to WEG’s music, not widely available outside of Asia – until now.
Video & Free Giveaway MP3: http://erasedtapes.com/weg/seven-idiots
A record that leaves you with the same breathlessness and stupidly dazed grin that you’d get after riding a top of the range roller-coaster… Imagine a really talented avant-garde sound-artist: the kind of gifted sonic chin-stroker that would be on the cover of Wire. Now imagine someone holds a gun to his/her head and says ‘Ok, what you do is great and all but now I want you to produce a record that people will actually enjoy, maybe even dance to. If I don’t enjoy myself listening to your record I will shoot you.’ Seven Idiots would meet our hypothetical gunman’s needs perfectly; in fact he’d probably turn himself in meekly to the police with a beaming smile on his face… A continuous stream of sonic ecstasy’ (8/10) – Drowned In Sound (UK)
‘The most gleefully nuts album I’ve heard in years… an album you’ll not get bored of for quite some time’ (7/10) – The 405 (UK)
‘‘Schizophrenic’ doesn’t do this justice’ Song Of The Day – The Line Of Best Fit (UK)
‘World’s End Girlfriend sign to the label renowned for its recognition of innovative acts… and promises to blend sideways pop with strange and addictive hooks’ – Bearded Magazine (UK)
‘The one album that would turn the entire music world on its head’ (8.5/10) #6 Top 100 Releases – The Silent Ballet (US)
’Katsuhiko Maeda probably comes home to his wife and his kids every night, who are still in the belief that he’s working in a bank: “How was your day, honey?” “Good, thanks. Yours?” The truth is that no one in the office has seen him in year… As ingenious as Johann Sebastian Bach in The Well-tempered Clavier’ – Spex (DE)
‘The evolutionary end stage of EDM: Making Hyper-reality sound like fun. Whatever follows this effort will either constitute a step back or delineate a new territory altogether’ – Tokafi (DE)
’A defining statement and a full-length that has more than realised his potential to be one of the most unique and vital solo artists in modern music‘ (9/10) – Contact Music (UK)
Source by Erased Tapes Records