Maher Shalal Hash Baz Unknown Happiness(Geographic)
Maher Shalal Hash Baz
Almost certainly the only single this week made by a former member of a terrorist organisation (the Eastern Asia Anti-Japanese Armed Front, who once blew up
the Japanese emperor’s train,
it says here). Nowadays, Tori Kudo’s insurrectionist zeal is channelled into making the
sound of a totally shambolic
school orchestra having a crack at big-band jazz the day after they picked up their instruments. A rebellion into innocence, then, and strangely appealing, though not a patch on Rage Against The Machine’s recorder, triangle and milk bottle version of ‘Killing In The Name Of’.