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Nagoya five-piece instrumental rock band Mudy on the Sakuban’s “Zyacalanda” EP is their fifth release in as many years. The eight-track effort was produced by Yoshimitsu Taki, the guitarist for local emo/post-hardcore act 9mm Parabellum Bullet. Impressed with Mudy on the Sakuban’s output on the EP, Taki joined the group as a temporary sixth member for their “Zyacalanda” June release gigs in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

Ambient guitar noise ushers in the atmospheric opener “Soft.” But the brief sense of calm created by the song vanishes as it fades into the explosive title cut. Similar to “Moody Pavilion,” the standout single from Mudy on the Sakuban’s 2010 full-length debut, “Pavilion,” the track “Zyacalanda” is filled with frenetic postpunk and complex math-rock rhythms. The song slows briefly near the end before the band launches into a fantastic noisy freakout.

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