What is a Mahjongg song?
Mahjongg thrills, trills, and hits notes that only canines comprehend. Mahjongg employs equal opportunity in their invincible desire to thwart and impress density; fun-avatar vs. political rabble-rouser, they make music for the whole world. Imagine a triangle with several smaller triangles attached to each of its sides, and even smaller triangles attached to each of those, and so on. In math, we call this a Koch snowflake. Why not do the same in Music? Use musical notes, adding smaller notes within each one, and smaller ones within those, and so on. Or go the other way, and start with a small pattern and build it up to larger and larger structures.
No one with ears will listen to Mahjongg and be depressed. Artists of the rock-era, Mahjongg is basically a bar band who got lucky. Their K debut, Kontpab [KLP191] announced a big noise in the music scene: a grudge match with its fans resulted in the reluctant release of “Free Grooverider,” [DBN114] their first protest song. Mahjongg thrills, trills, and hits notes that only canines comprehend. If you’ve only seen their live, you’ll be impressed by how much has changed in so short a time: abandoning traditional song form and progressions, the tunes here are built around layers of keyboards, guitars, and percussion parts that wind around each other in an almost fugue like manner. With The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger [KLP219], Mahjongg ruled 2010. Besides being pioneering members of the most fucked up awesome weird dance music scene Chicago has seen in decades, these are some nice dudes. They’ve invented a new style of music they call Chicagotronics: a wall of sound command center with drums and humans. They sing together and dance all crazy and there’s this laser going. It’s great.
These days they may be fodder for tabloid writers and late-night comics, but way back in the day Mahjongg ruled the charts. This new release offers evidence of why, for better or worse, Mahjongg’s popular Chicagotronic styling’s set the standard for underground music. The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger is the pinnacle of Mahjongg’s four albums, and you get all the facets of their platinum-plus sound.
As of July 2011, Mahjongg is now officially known as 将麻.
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