Maher Shalal Hash Baz – Blues Du Jour (Geographic 2003)








Nick: what would you call this?

naive-chamber-pop I guess.

yes but is the naivety studied or not?

dunno, bit of both I’d imagine.

I like it, even though it’s quite clumsy in places it’s still musical.

musical, easy, completely stress free music.

(reading from Wikipedia:) Leader Tori Kudo has been cagey about details of his life before MSHB. He was once a member of a shadowy, revolutionary political party in Japan, although he has dissociated himself from politics since becoming one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He also works as a ceramicist.”

interesting, you know what comes across most from the music? it’s very sympathetic.

sympathetic how?

like what you would say about a person, someone may be ‘not your kind of person’ but they can also be quite likeable. you know?

there’s very little ‘japanese’ in it, certainly not melodically, it’s very western in that sense. also, in places it’s humourous, not funny but humourous.

a composer, I think she was called Barbara Moore once said to me, ‘the tuba is the most humourous of instruments‘ 

they’re actually using a euphonium

yeah well thats a funny one too.

this is one the only things you’ve played me recently that I would happily listen to again. extremely likeable.

Half skronk, half pop always odd Japanese collective Maher Shalal Hash Baz are….well thats it really, no gigs coming up, no new releases on the horizon. Just a great lazy Sunday morning album that everyone should own. have a nice weekend!


One response to “Maher Shalal Hash Baz – Blues Du Jour (Geographic 2003)

  1. yay Maher Shal Hash Baz!

    I’m almost over the Meek bashing now

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