Album #169: Burrrn – Blaze Down His Way Like the Space Show

  • Released: 2011
  • Origin: Tokyo, Japan
  • Label: Self-released
  • Best Track: Eyes In Mortion

Asia is a bit under-represented in my blog so far, so I had a read of Overblown’s list of the Top Ten Japanese Shoegaze Bands for inspiration for my next review, settling on Burrrn, one of the first acts mentioned.

Burrrn are still going as far as I can see, but have only one full-length album that’s now nearly a decade old. The title Blaze Down His Way Like the Space Show follows a common Japanese convention of English titles that don’t make a lot of sense, perhaps because of the vast syntax differences between the two languages. Tokyo noise-rock band Melt-Banana have all sorts of titles like ‘Key is a Fact That a Cat Brings’ that are pretty nonsensical, but I actually find it a likeable quirk and one that seems unique to Japanese rock.

This album has two tracks with names that appear to be misspelled, at least on Apple Music – ‘Fluits of Wisdom’ and ‘Eyes in Mortion’. The latter is a highlight, with the breathy, cooing female vocals working a treat.

The production is nicely raw and rough around the edges. At times, the vocals are well and truly drowned out, particularly on noisier tracks like ‘I Don’t Wanna Think’ and the aptly named ‘Song Without Words’ (it does have words, but they’re a minor ingredient in the boiling pot of abrasive guitars, spitting drums and general fuzziness).

The record won’t win any awards for originality. However, if you like this kind of stuff (and I do), it’s hard to imagine you won’t enjoy it.

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