- Stephen Jarvis
Nagamatzu began in 1982 after messing around with old tape machines and drum boxes, making numerous contributions to international compilations and erratically releasing their own cassettes. Their name comes from a character in JG Ballard's "Atrocity Exhibition" and their music reflects his influence and incorporates carefully chosen samples from the Challenger shuttle disaster, Gregorian chants and films including "Dawn of the Dead" and "The Omen." All the songs were recorded onto a Ferrograph reel to reel in a small room at their parent's house and some of the backing rhythms and sequencers were recorded first onto cassette and then the band played along live. Nagamatzu's instrumentals combine stuttering bass, guitar bursts and funeral keyboards draped over a dragging drum machine beat, calling to mind Clock DVA, Cabaret Voltaire and early New Order or Cocteau Twins. "Sacred Islands of the Mad" is a complex, textured tapestry of sound full of dark electronics, fresh harmonies and danceable rhythms. Line-up: Andrew Lagowski (synths, guitar, and drum machines) and Stephen Jarvis (synths, bass and programming)
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