While You Were Out cover

While You Were Out

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On While You Were Out, Kazumoto Endo embraces the potential poetry of cut-up and juxtaposition, while allowing plenty of space for humour. Endo came to wider attention in the mid-nineties, with his Killer Bug project, releasing a handful of cassettes and singles; While You Were Out was his first album under his own name, and it’s a major statement. The real power of While You Were Out is its precision, with Endo aiming for decisive cut-offs, sudden shifts in direction, and surrealist framings: he repeatedly undercuts ‘pure noise’ with samples from pop and dance music, rendering the album uncomfortably odd.

Jon Dale

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