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  • Summary: The seventh release for the Japanese experimental group was inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan.
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  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Japanese Rock
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 85
    At its best, the album is all at once loud, ethereal, and haunting--as if being violently jolted awake from a lucid dream you can’t quite remember.
  2. Jul 14, 2014
    Gamel is OOIOO remembering themselves and what they do best, which sounds like something they’ve never done before.
  3. Jun 27, 2014
    On Gamel, OOIOO praise the traditional while eschewing the benign to create a truly original rhythmic screed.
  4. The Wire
    Jul 21, 2014
    There's some seriously accomplished musicianship here. [Aug 2014, p.55]
  5. Jul 1, 2014
    It's easier to listen with fresh ears and hear these strange sounds as something playful, unfamiliar, and approachable, qualities that Gamel definitely possesses.
  6. Jun 26, 2014
    Initially overwhelming, Gamel is a gloriously bonkers concoction of flavours that turns out to be extremely delicious indeed.
  7. 60
    Not to everyone’s taste, but at its best Gamel fizzes with sonic imagination.

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