The Memory Empire

by Atsuko Chiba

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Eric Gedenk
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Eric Gedenk In short order, Atsuko Chiba show you that they are capable of anything musically. No genre is safe. Really impressed with this random find. Love Figure and Ground as well. Favorite track: Panopticon.
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muschiosauro Starting point: old-school prog. What if we add a modern psych attitude? Yes it would sure work. And what about adding some raw math rock elements? Interesting... Yes, I guess it would work. And what if we also add... some rap? Uh... Well... No, it cannot work, no way. [listens to the first song] Whoa, it works! Favorite track: Panopticon.
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LdumasV Hard to pick a favortie song on this ep, really depends on my mood but I love wasabi hands to get motivated to do something.

As usual, super puzzled by the lyrics. In a good way. Favorite track: Wasabi Hands.
Tectonic Tont
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Tectonic Tont Borrowing elements from many scenes, the band is an outsider who’s doing what it truly wants. They’re shaking genre conventions with heavy guitars, thunderous bass licks and progressive explosions and I love it. Favorite track: Wasabi Hands.
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Wasabi Hands 07:24
he be the one yes peter piper picks the pawns permanent injections filled through innocent arms the royal highness that defines us we’ve become sick of the charm security! fuck that shit cause I wont make it t dawn wasabi hands cut through the medecine man she slayed the duke caught with the gun in her hand quiet rinse she don’t think she ruffles through thoughts like paper , thin is that line she walks but does it come at a cost? and what has come before? nothing but breadwinner history matchstick merciless merry go round till we top up, tap out resources renewable energy tax can’t mix vocabulary syntax sit back get had with some new jack as looped through convention truths unprotected no coverage no program she slayed the duke caught with the gun in her hand Chorus: that’s why I’m here, that’s why its done that’s why I’m here, that’s why its done the course was run, the web was spun clench your teeth cause the battle begun
Panopticon 09:54
What sentinals found Dire deeds left on the ground And what you took from your father’s throat Above the door where the falcon boasts Six more clepsydrae We hunt the shadow and never count by nine
Like mud to boots yes it sticks What trickled down through lunatics A severed ruse we’ve yet to fix Empires built by the crucifix In time I’ve seen things come to lite And minds I’ve seen them gone dry She comes Illusions Redirected Through windows in the dark No sun No reason Just push on through the door


This album was recorded at Room 11 in Montreal.


released November 18, 2016

Music by Atsuko Chiba
Mixed by Matthew Cerantola
Mastered by Harris Newmann
Artwork by Papernoise


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Atsuko Chiba Montréal, Québec

Atsuko Chiba is a Canadian experimental progressive rock band based in Montreal, Canada.

Atsuko Chiba destabilizes genre categorizations and conventional compositional techniques to create music that is best characterized by its nonlinear, composite, and dynamic style.
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