Kitsch is an exercise in kosmic pop. The lo-fi electronics, atmospheric vocals, and other-worldly rhythms will put you in a trance. Simple, rich layers of sound complement and contradict each other. “MIMI, UA” takes place in a doomed dancehall. “SOLEIL” drags you to the Sun and floats you back down to Earth. “GAJANG” utilizes alien noise to create an alien groove.
This experimental record is unique in the Maybe Mars catalog, and certainly unlike anything else in the Chinese underground.
(((10))) was formed on October 10th, 2005 by Korean new wave avant-garde musician Itta and Japanese noise creator Marqido are the members. “10” = 1 from Itta’s existence, 0 from Marqido’s Maru.
Itta is one of Korea’s recently more active experimental female artists with her exuberant creativity and impressive atmosphere in live performances. In 1995, Itta started working in music, two years after the publication of her own debut album DEMO. Itta has been very active in South Korea’s independent music scene, including frequent performances and the planning of large and small music festivals and art activities. She has experimented with Orchestra musicians around the world, such as Otomo Yoshihide, Keiji Haino, Sachiko, Carl Stone, et al.
Marqido is a noise artist, born in 1974. In the late 1990s, he began working in experimental music creation. In 2005 he formed with Itta to compose (((10))). In 2006, they conducted a tour in Asia (including Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and 18 cities in 34 performances). He was also the first Chinese avant-garde guitarist invited to perform in Japan’s Li Jianhong. He has been involved in dance, theater and music performances, and a variety of other performances. In cooperation with the illustrator Uchiyama Yunico, he oversaw the official release of the “Democritus.” His extensive participation in art activities and Asian cultures, such as Indian culture, Buddhism, philosophy, and cosmology have been a strong influence.