The Memory Empire

by Atsuko Chiba

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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.
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Metantoine 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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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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Track Name: Wasabi Hands
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
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

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
Track Name: Panopticon
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
Track Name: Damonsta Titillates
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

Through windows in the dark
No sun
No reason
Just push on through the door

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