Afrirampo - We Are Uchu No Ko (3 stars)

Afrirampo - We Are Uchu No Ko

(Rock Action)

When even the press release refers to them as a ‘lunatic girl duo’, it’s safe to assume we’re not in 4Music territory, and so it transpires on this double-disc release from the recently disbanded Japanese pair.

There is an unhinged quality to much of We Are…, from the guttural howls to the shambolic guitar rampages and back again, but shorn of their undoubted live charisma, the endless freeform arrangements smack somewhat of self-indulgence. There is a lot of invention buried in here, and more than their fair share of subversive musical ideas, but at times it’s buried very deep indeed.

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