Album Review: OOIOO – ‘Armonico Hewa’

Noise queen works out in impressive style

Yoshimi P-We may well be best known as the titular pink robot-battling heroine of The Flaming Lips’ most famous album, but given how bizarre ‘Armonico Hewa’ is, this is a mighty shame. When she’s not being an essential component of J-psych rhythm unit Boredoms or Free Kitten with Kim Gordon she is the driving force (drums, vocals, guitar, trumpet) of [a]OOIOO[/a] and this, their sixth album, is equal in brilliance to anything they’ve done before. ‘Honki Ponki’ is a Japanese riposte to Tom Tom Club’s ‘Wordy Rappinghood’, while ‘Polacca’ is a lurching punchdrunk romp through African funk. Bracing brilliance channelling the spirit of Yoko Ono, Le Tigre, Aphex Twin and Alice Coltrane.

John Doran

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