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Tokyo, Kantô, Japan (1991 – present)

Few bands are more enigmatic than Koenjihyakkei. Though firmly grounded in the Zeuhl style of Magma, they have taken it to new and unexplored places. Fronted by drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, of Ruins fame, their lineup shifts as rapidly as their style does. However, two things remain constant in their music- lyrics in a made up (and probably nonsensical) language, and an exotic, almost folk feel to the music. The combination of the two gives a sense that you’re listening to the music of a culture that exists only in minds of a handful of creative people.

Until recently, their ensemble has consisted of drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, and female vocals (usually operatically trained). With their latest album, Angherr Shisspa, they have replaced the guitar with reed player Komori Keiko (mainly on soprano sax). With this change in instrumentation, their style has veered into a new direction to match the change in tone color.

Through their evolution of style, their rhythmic and formal complexity have expanded greatly, incorporating polyrhythms, asymmetrical time signatures (i.e. not all beats are the same length), as well as more complex and varied sections, often containing polyphony and counterpoint. However, through all these impressive technical feats, they have managed to keep the overall feel very simple and melodic, to the extent that most other music feels hideously normal after listening to Koenji Hyakkei.

See also Koenjihyakkei.



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  • maciejeczko

    2 different tags, kill me plz ;______;

    7 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ortalanus

    whith Magma" the master" it' a great zeuhl music band

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • yohanpalych

    Wish I could scrobble them as 高円寺百景 but, unfortunately, there much less tracks availabale under original name. And I'm too lazy to retag...

    22 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Ranunculus


    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • pouchkine

    nice & great & nice

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • pinkpressthreat

    whaaat the.....hahaha love this band

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • pacocrowley

    50,000 plays (2,121 listeners) :O

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Prog_Rocker

    My favorite thing about this band is my friend picked it up on an impulse buy in the bargain bin because he saw the cover art of Angherr Shisspa and thought he'd get some nice relaxing asian folk music. As soon as the operatic singing started, we all just burst out laughing. Of course, I love this stuff so he gave the cd to me and now I have a new band. Moral of the story is, this music is awesome.

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • longpoke

    how does it not have a cohesive direction? because it isn't verse-chorus-verse? square brackets dude... the artist field is for the artist (高円寺百景), not a description of the artist...

    23 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Penguin619

    I scrobble them under the name 高円寺百景 [Kōenji Hyakkei], because I am a badass and you should too.

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Zypraxa

    Who the fuck wrote "folk feel"? Only on their new album is there even a trace of "folk".

    10 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Diothalamus

    no, deathloop. you are wrong. i know you will argue that it is your opinion and you have the right to have it, and opinions cant be wrong, and this is all true. but your opinion is wrong.

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • deathloop

    Sorry, but I think this is just horrible music, it doesn't even have anything so simple as a cohesive direction. It's still better than Mike Patton, though... barely.

    20 Feb 2010 Reply
  • coffeecorrupts

    3 years since my last post, and still one of my favorite records

    10 Feb 2010 Reply
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    29 Jan 2010 Reply
  • piasano

    thanks navitatl for that new music :)

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
  • It-Alien

    many thanks for the link!

    30 Sep 2009 Reply
  • navitatl

    2 new songs:

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • navitatl

    Wow thanks for the link! I hadn't seen that video or any of the ones from that same concert. Really good stuff. That singer has some of the most awkward body movements though. I guess that just means she's getting into the music.

    31 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Nickandroff

    > "[eq d hjn dctv ntv rnj cxbnftn ,ennj fyukbqcrbq ukfdysq zpsr d vbht"........ Gjllth;bdf.!!!!

    27 May 2009 Reply
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