KANDA MORI Attack of the Killer Hamster
Probably the best part of Youtube is the ease with which I can wormhole from an intentional search to an unexpected gem. This is especially satisfying when my new favorite video has only 26 views—it brings back that feeling of finding weird public access TV shows when I was young. That “What am I looking at? How will I ever learn what this is?” feeling.
Well, a few months back, one such wormhole led me to the INSANE music of Kanda Mori, a self-proclaimed “bad taste horror cartoonist” from Tokyo. His sounds are all over the place yet somehow threaded together. They form an image of a culture I’ve never witnessed—almost like they should be categorized as “world” music, with country of origin listed as South Youtube. Kanda Mori throws everything into this tape and comes up with disorienting and wonderful songs, ranging from droney dirges to manic game show themes to psychy folk. All the twists make this one a SUPER engaging listen every time.
Here are some excerpts: