ROVO

2014-02-26 11:14:56 UTC

Rovo is a psychedelic rock-jazz band founded in 1996 in Tokyo by former Boredoms guitarist Seiichi Yamamoto (山本精一), electric violinist Yuji Katsui (勝井祐二), and synthesizer/effects technician Tatsuki Masuko (益子樹), with Jin Harada (原田仁) on bass guitar, Hiroshi Nakanishi (中西宏司) on synths, and featuring two drummers/percussionists, the prolific Yasuhiro Yoshigaki (芳垣安洋) (of legendary improv noise group Ground Zero) and Yoichi Okabe (岡部洋一).

They describe themselves as “Man Drive Trance”, due to their hands-on methods of creating a kind of music usually produced entirely electronically. Current Line-up include:

- Yasuhiro Yoshigaki / drums - Seiichi Yamamoto / guitar - Jin Harada / bass - Yuji Katsui / violin - Yoichi Okabe / drums - Tatsuki Masuko / keyboards, effects

[ Writing About Music ] ~ ROVO are a PRETTY DAMN COOL instrumental band from Japan. This is their latest release and I think it is all new material and it is interesting to hear the band experiment with dub music and use all these delays on the percussion etc.. Their last studio record was three years ago. It was all mixed by their violin guru Yuji Katsui and keyboard player Tatsuki Masuko. There are 5 tracks in 47 mins. The sound production is totally amazing and very cool. The CD starts off with [ Tanger Dub ] for the first 10½ mins. It has a very lush sound with intense drumming and spacey synth and violin but a very melodic thread runs through the track. Man, they really like to use delay and they switch from adding it to the keyboard, violin, percussion, etc.. Damn cool and psychedelic.

Eclipse Dub is only 4 mins and does not have any groove to start, just the band experimenting with sounds and echos as a nice melodic keyboard line repeats itself over and over. Some drums come in and out here and there. [ Baal Dub ] is 12 mins one of the stand out tracks. It starts quite slow and spaced out and has a massive deep bass (be careful if you have a subwoofer), then it kicks in with a spacey synth or is it violin and they mix the drums coming in an and out of the sound in a very special way that really fucks with your head. They go into a very cool section with all these bells about 2/3 of the way into the track and it is really spaced out. Totally psyched out stuff.

[ RM Dub ] is another long one but almost mainstream after that psych out that was Baal dub. There is still a lot of sounds going around but this is more percussive and grooving with melodic synths and violin.The end of this track is really cool with Hawkwind link synths and stuff and really groovy! The last track, [ Sino Dub ] just under 7 mins, starts off with guitar and then the uptempo drums kick in and the layers of everything else starts. I am pretty sure this is a song from one of their DVDs or records I have by them. Anyway, a pretty cool way to end this excellent album. If you like Rovo, for sure try to hunt this down. It is only released in Japan at this stage. This new record is basically ROVO eliminating jazz / post-jazz elements and experiencing with stone electro and dub-core atmospheres. It's a totally different side of ROVO in contrast to the other releases but it's still [ ROVO ] and it's still awesome. Stand out tracks on this release I'd say [ Tanger Dub ] and [ Baal Dub ] but the entire album is sort of of gripping I must say.

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Phoenix Rising is the exciting and innovative rock/dance collaboration between Japanese psychedelic progressive jam-band ROVO and UK ambient techno pioneers System 7. Phoenix Rising live is a combined show of Rovo and System 7 playing together, sometimes using the techno beats as the rhythmic basic and sometimes using the live drums, seamlessly morphing from one to the other - showcasing some of the most sophisticated blends of electronic beats and completely live playing ever produced, made possible by the skilled musicianship of eight players.

Fans of System 7's Steve Hillage can be assured that in the format of Phoenix Rising his masterful electric guitar style is fully unleashed, with extensive soloing and duets with the electric violin of Rovo's Yuji Katsui. The full Phoenix Rising studio album is set for UK release on September 23rd 2013, featuring original collaborations from System 7 and ROVO. It also includes a new arrangement of Meeting of the Spirits by the Mahavishnu Orchestra – a perfect showcase for the album’s outstanding blend of guitar and electric violin.

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Rovo and System 7 - Phoenix Rising Artist - Rovo and System 7 Album - Phoenix Rising Release Date - 2013 Genre - Instrumental, Electronic, Electro-core, Dub-core, Progressive-electro, Experimental [ SERIOUS BLEND ] Tracklist 01. Hinotori (Album Version) 12:01 02. Love For The Phoenix 9:39 03. Meeting Of The Spirits 7:24 04. Cisco (Phoenix Rising Version) 13:42 05. Unbroken 7:34 06. Sino Dub (Phoenix Rising Version) 13:34 07. Unseen Onsen 7:21 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rovo and System 7 - Phoenix Rising -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rovo and System 7 - Hinotori EP Artist - Rovo and System 7 Album - Hinotomi EP Release Date - 2013 Genre - Instrumental, Electronic, Electro-core, Dub-core, Progressive-electro, Experimental [ SERIOUS BLEND ] Tracklist 1. Rovo, System 7 - Hinotori (Single Edit) 03:21 2. Rovo, System 7 - Hinotori (System 7 2013 Remix) 07:00 3. Rovo - Batis 13:11 4. Rovo - Eclipse (System 7 Phoenix Rising Version) 09:57 5. System 7 - Hinotori (Evan Marc Remix) 09:23 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rovo and System 7 - Hinotomi EP -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rovo - Phase Artist - Rovo Album - Phase Release Date - 2012 Genre - Instrumental, Electronic, Electro-core, Dub-core, Progressive-electro, Experimental [ SERIOUS BLEND ] Tracklist 1 D.D.E 2 Batis 3 Compass 4 Mir 5 Rezo -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rovo - Phase -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - ROVO Album - Ravo Dub [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2011 Genre - Instrumental, Electronic, Electro-core, Dub-core, Progressive-electro, Experimental [ SERIOUS BLEND ] Tracklist 01 - Tanger Dub 02 - Eclipse Dub 03 - Baal Dub 04 - Rmdub 05 - Sino+Dub -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROVO - Ravo Dub -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - ROVO Album - NUOU Release Date - 2008 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Post-jazz Experimental Tracklist 01 - Koo 02 - Ouo 03 - Melodia 04 - Agora 05 - Cado -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROVO - NUOU Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - ROVO Album - Condor Release Date - 2006 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Post-jazz Experimental Tracklist 01 - aires (19:09) 02 - n'popo (11:52) 03 - land (23:42) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROVO - Condor Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - ROVO Album - Pyramid Release Date - 2000 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Post-jazz Experimental Tracklist 1 Pyramid - (43:16) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROVO - Pyramid Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - ROVO Album - Flage Release Date - 2002 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Post-jazz Experimental Tracklist 1 Canvas 13:58 2 Sukhna 12:02 3 Canoa 5:44 4 Spica 14:43 5 Na-X 13:12 6 Mov 14:48 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROVO - Flage Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - ROVO Album - Imago Release Date - 1999 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Post-jazz Experimental Tracklist 01 N'dam 02 Horses 03 Larva 04 Mattah 05 Numa 06 Kmara 07 Emormy -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROVO - Imago Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - ROVO Album - MON Release Date - 2004 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Post-jazz Experimental Tracklist 01 urma 02 loquix 03 haoma 04 nov 05 saraca 06 reom -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROVO - MON Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - ROVO Album - SAI Release Date - 2001 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Post-jazz Experimental Tracklist 01 Goku Hoshi (Pole Star) 02 Vida 03 Rano 04 Seer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROVO - SAI Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - ROVO Album - Tonic 2001 Release Date - 2002 Genre - Instrumental Post-rock Post-jazz Experimental Disc One 1 Sukhna 2 Guiding Star 3 Horses 4 Sunspot 5 Na-X? Disc Two 1 Sinno 2 Cisko 3 Vitamin -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROVO - Tonic 2001 Disc 1 and 2 Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rovo --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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