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WORLD'S END GIRLFRIEND

World's End Girlfriend is a Japanese composer whose work blends complex sound structures with beautiful melodies, reaching from electronic glitch to jazz-infused rock to modern classical. Captivating, enthralling and like nothing you’ve heard before, WEG makes for a surprising yet central addition to London contemporary music label Erased Tapes.

‘Seven Idiots is like listening to a maelstrom that sucks all of our artists into a black hole and spits it out as some sort of pop music from the future. It’s insane!’ – Robert Raths, founder of Erased Tapes in an interview with Dazed & Confused Magazine.

Shifting seamlessly from catchy pop hooks to elaborate orchestrations and brutal IDM drones, his latest work 'Seven Idiots' is an irregular pop album – filled with twists and turns that will have you reaching for the repeat button. At first recorded with vocals, he took the unusual composing method of building up the songs before erasing all of their vocal parts. By dismantling and re-constructing each track, WEG has produced a genre-defying album that truly transcends categorisation.

World's End Girlfriend hails from Nagasaki Kyushu, Japan and currently resides in Tokyo. Fascinated by his father's classical music collection, he began his foray into sound at the tender age of 10, creating his early compositions on keyboard, guitar, tape recorders and computers. To date he has composed more than 600 songs, for the most part unreleased testaments of his early experimentations.

WEG first came on Europe’s radar in 2002, invited to perform at Barcelona’s renowned Sonar Festival. On the back of the collaborative album ’Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain’ with Japanese post-rock band Mono, he embarked on extensive tours in Europe and North America in 2005, returning for an appearance at ATP Festival in 2008. Recently performing as a seven-piece ensemble, WEG's ostentious live show is currently selling out 800 capacity venues in Asia. Filmmakers seem smitten too, with the Go Shibata directed movie ‘Late Bloomer’ (2004) and the internationally renowned ‘Air Doll’ (2009) by award-winning director Hirokazu Koreeda both featuring soundtracks created by World’s End Girlfriend.

The music video for ‘Les Enfants du Paradis’, taken from ‘Seven Idiots', has already received over 200.000 views on YouTube. Directed by Yohei Saito, this beguiling visual represents the high level of interest given to WEG's music, not widely available outside of Asia – until now.

'a continuous stream of sonic ecstasy' ★★★★ – Drowned In Sound
’the most gleefully nuts album i've heard in years' – the 405
'one of the most unique and vital solo artists in modern music' (9/10) – Contact Music
'sideways pop with strange and addictive hooks' – Bearded Magazine
'schizophrenic doesn't do this justice' song of the day – The Line Of Best Fit
'the one album that would turn the entire music workd on its head' (8.5/10)
#6 top 100 releases – The Silent Ballet