There are a lot of words that are overused when describing music; today, I’ll be taking a look at ‘beautiful’. Critics use ‘beautiful’ to describe just about anything nowadays, and as a result, the word is now a bit meaningless. The upside to this is that when you hear something that actually is beautiful, you can’t help but be amazed. At least that’s how I felt this past weekend, when I heard Hurtbreak Wonderland for the first time.
Hurtbreak Wonderland is the sixth full-length from Japanese band World’s End Girlfriend, the musical project of Katsuhiko Maeda. Their sound is hard to describe; you have to hear it to really understand it. Maeda specializes in mixing classical, lush soundscapes with moments of utter insanity. The description does WEG no justice, but I hope this mp3 will. Hurtbreak Wonderland was released last Friday on Human Highway Records, and is currently only available as a pricey Japanese import.