The Spinners

♪ K (Ogre You Asshole, 2009) ♪

In Indie Rock, J-Pop, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on January 10, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I have this strange feeling that the letter is haunting me, following me to remind me of things, of memories which, as far as I can recall, all started after reading Soseki’s Kokoro in college, the character named K committing suicide which leaves Sensei, the main character, filled with guilt; and the other time, when I ended up reading Murakami’s Sputnik Sweetheart, for no reason at all but because Murakami is an all-around comforter, my bean bag, and anyway, in Sputnik Sweetheart there’s another character named K, the narrator, who is in love with a woman who likes another woman. Since then, I thought, the “K-incident” would be dead and buried as long as I don’t speak of it with other people, after all we go through these inexplicable phases in life especially when we are young that are better left unexplained than understood, so my anxiety about the letter haunting me stopped. Anyway, nothing reminded me of it in the past few months but a few days ago came OYA’s crazy album, introduced to me by my friend Thor, and track number 6 is called “K”, yeah, just “K”, like those characters I mentioned above, an innocent mockery it seems. And what more—Japanese. Again. Big deal. “K” is one-minute long, a careful duet of the guitar and the tambourine, and in the end the effects eat everything up, the distortion seems to cloud all what have been set in the beginning, clearing the coast with fog. But in all those sixty seconds, like a solemn prayer, the letter K stays—my third K, now in music—continuing the tradition, keeping the remembrance of things past.

– Richard Bolisay

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