‘”Schizophrenic’ doesn’t do this justice” – The Line Of Best Fit
“The one album that would turn the entire music world on its head” – The Silent Ballet #6 Top 100 Releases
“‘There are few artists who can make a human being as overjoyed, ardent, or terrified as Katsuhiko Maeda…there is no other conscientious artist in activity that crafts music in the same distinctive style as World’s End Girlfriend” – (8/10) PopMatters
Download the track for “Les Enfants du Paradis“ (available to post) and
Watch the accompanying video that’s received over 100,000 views on YouTube
WEG first came on to people’s radars in 2002, invited to perform at Barcelona’s renowned Sonar Festival. After releasing a collaborative album Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain with Japanese post-rock bandMono, WEG 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.
Blending complex sound structures with beautiful melodies, reaching from electronic glitch to jazz-infused rock to modern classical, WEG 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.
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 WEG. The music video for ‘Les Enfants du Paradis‘, taken from Seven Idiots, has already received over 100.000 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.
1. The Divine Comedy Reverse
2. Les Enfants du Paradis
3. TEEN AGE ZIGGY?
4. DECALOGUE minus 8
5. ULYSSES GAZER
6. Helter Skelter Cha-Cha-Cha
7. GALAXY KID 666
8. Bohemian Purgatory Part.1
9. Bohemian Purgatory Part.2
10. Bohemian Purgatory Part.3
11. Der Spiegel im Spiegel im Spiegel
12. The Offering Inferno
13. unfinished finale shed?