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Pom Poko

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Norwegian quartet Pom Poko met while all studying at the Trondheim Music Conservatory in Norway and quickly began to garner interest from a wider audience once they’d begun playing and writing together. The group cite a range of questing influences on their unique sound, including "(West)-African music like Oumou Sangaré and Ali Farka Touré; indie bands like Vulfpeck, Palm and KNOWER; noisy high-energy bands such as Hella and Death Grips; and music with interesting lyrics such as Jenny Hval and Nick Drake." Their name is taken from one of the more vigorously outré films by Japanese animation visionaries Studio Ghibli. Album opener "Theme1", locates a sweet spot between Deerhoof and Battles as singer Ragnhild issues loud, clear rebel yells over Martin’s math-rock guitar. Singles "My Blood" and "Follow The Lights" layer seductively sweet melodies over squalls of sound, while the funk-fired "My Work Is Full of Art" offers a kind of mission statement: “I’ll just let freaky surround me,” sings Fangel.
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