Wednesday, May 2, 2007
The Rose Gate:
One of the more interesting and unusual entries into the magical world of J.A. Seazer, Baramon was a musical set written to express issues of sexual repression. As the project developed and grew, the subject shifted slightly to focus entirely on the world of homosexual and lesbian life in Japan; which was (and still very much is) an underground community.
There are a few repeating themes on this record and any J.A. Seazer / Tokyo Kid Brothers fan will recognize that familiar dramatic refrain used on Jasumon and other titles (revisted here as "性解放宣言" track 14) and a reworking of the great "健さん愛してる" (first heard on the Throw Away The Books... album).
There are a few surprises here...such as the first track which utilizes a lengthy Nazi speech as a backdrop to an impassioned call to arms for a gay revolution, some great Can-inspired grooves, and a few campy, fun, silly moments. The acid-burned psyche and heavy rock of some of this group's other releases more or less takes a backseat to a slightly more restrained feeling here.
As with anything from the Tenjosajiki/Terayama Shuji/J.A. Seazer collective, this comes your way with high recommendations!