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Uzu Oto

by Gurun Gurun

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The Czech group Gurun Gurun is made up of Tarnovski, Tomáš Knoflíček, Federsel, and Ondřej Ježek. who took their name from the fictional planet in the old school Slovak children’s TV show She Came Out of the Blue Sky. Uzu Oto is his first album for the Peruvian label Buh Records.

Since the beginning, it has been clear that apprehending their working and reflecting it would be a tough nut to crack. Is this even a band? Do they play compositions or is it all improvised? On the stage, you see four men hunched over tables overflowing with strange objects, hard-to-identify electronic devices, musical and non-musical instruments, and a chaotic tangle of cables, producing slow, constantly developing melodies and a hypnotic atmosphere that works a little like falling through a strange wormhole full of sounds, noises, and soft female vocals, mercilessly sucking you in, forcing you to collapse into yourself and enter a parallel universe.

They have played concerts across Europe, including London’s Café Oto, as well as successfully touring Japan. They have shared the stage with artists including Michael Gira, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Haco, Gareth Davis, Kate Carr, and Tim Hecker.

This new album, Uzu Oto, was also created in concert – each track at a different show. Despite this fact, GG do not consider it a traditional live album. And as this group generally exists independently of our common conception of time, the history of the new recording reaches back to before theird previous record, Kon B. Uzu Oto features the Kyoto-based singer Cuushe and Asuna, a sound artist from Kanazawa. The LP cover is by Czech artist, inventor, and sonic anarchist Petr Válek.

Attending a Gurun Gurun concert is like taking part in an expedition by a pack of monkeys to explore the wreckage of a spaceship that was shipwrecked a long time ago. Their improvised live sets are a mix of post-club-music deconstruction, metamorphosed acoustic and electronic sounds, generative music, and musique concrète. This is also the spirit of Uzu Oto. No, this is not music to play while you wash the dishes. Or perhaps it is, but you have to factor in the fact that the dishes will become a tangle of roots, threads, ropes, lianas, and spider webs. And that your entire kitchen may well catch on fire.

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released November 10, 2022

Listening to Czech experimental electronics quartet Gurun Gurun is like travelling in a chiming clockwork spaceship, not knowing where you will land." (The Wire)

"Czech group Gurun Gurun develop peculiar, imaginative soundscapes that almost seem to take on lives of their own as they build." (Bandcamp Daily)

"Deconstructed rhythms become a playground for sonic stalemates with tones as sharp as needles cutting through every inch of waste. Uzo Oto is the husk of a lush world gone awry." (Foxy Digitalis)

"It’s a proper maze of a record, following a thread of psychoactive folk and microscopic electronic logic thru five parts that wheeze and and interrelate with a richly organic, holistic quality" (Boomkat)

"Gurun Gurun is known for the dreamlike, impressionistic mood of their music. Surrounded by wires on stage, the band looks rather inconspicuous compared to the music they play, which triggers the imagination with built-up electronic and acoustic compositions intertwined with improvisation. Gurun Gurun’s music resembles a soundtrack to an imaginary film, a collage in which spontaneous decisions result in the creation of multi-layered, cinematic narratives." (The Quietus)

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VIDEO ⟣ Gurun Gurun ft. Cuushe ⟣ Toumeiningen (video edit)
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THE WIRE ⟣ Constant rotation: an interview with Gurun Gurun
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Gurun Gurun are Federsel • Ježek • Knoflíček • Tarnovski

Recorded by Federsel & Ježek
Mixed by Tarnovski @ CSN
Mastered by Ježek @ jáMor
Artwork by Petr Válek
Design by René Sánchez

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Gurun Gurun Prague, Czechia

"GG are a Czech quartet made up of Jára Tarnovski, Ondřej Ježek, Tomáš Knoflíček and Federsel. They are the inventors of an original declension of alternative pop, which melds deconstructions of typical pop songs, glitch electronica and bizarre sonorities."
(Chain D.L.K.)

"GG’s tracks strike a nice balance between natural sounds and computer deconstruction." (Foxy Digitalis)
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