あなるちゃん aka Analchang (although it should ba “Anal-chan”) is a modern day experimental musician from Japan. She is part of the modern day Japanese experimental and noise scene that heavily incorporates performance art in their works. Most of her performances are in venues, but there are some guerilla performances (street performances) under her belt. She has a few different bands and her solo project, so I’ll just do one super post about a lot of her projects.
Analchang, is both the name she goes as and her solo project. She is known for her experimental singing. High pitched “opera” singing, little fairy voices, yelling, and screaming, are heavy elements in her music (and sometimes the only elements). Her solo stuff (and all of her music actually) has heavy emphasis on her vocals. Sometimes she also includes props with her performances, usually children’s toys, Calpis (a type of drink in Japan), and sometimes random stuff like paper and tin foil.
Listen and watch some stuff below, some of these are her with other musicians.
She also has numerous bands, some of which are scum bands. I’ve talked about scum before, but for those who don’t know: scum is a microgenre from Japan that started in the 80s. Its a subgenre of punk and punk-grindcore. Its heavily focused on a lack of proper supplies.
Analchang often takes it down a more experimental route than most scum artists do. Her band analsticks consists of vocals and percussion. The drums vary from rock percussion, to jazz, to experimental. The performances are seemingly just one long continuous song, an uncommon thing for the genre.
scum2.1 (sometimes written as scum2 1), as you can guess from the name, is another scum band. This one has a more aggressive sound than analsticks and features three members instead of two. There’s the usual vocals and drums, but in this there’s also a saxophonist/bassist. The same guy plays both so its either sax or bass present. The addition of the saxophone in it is awesome, and totally gives this band a very unique sound. Despite being punk, it sounds like crazy experimental free jazz. The bass is a pretty cool addition too, but there are other scum bands with bass so that isn’t as special as the saxophone is. But the way the bass is played, definitely continues this bands unique sound. Also, of course Analchang’s vocals in this are awesome, they’re much more aggressive than in her solo works.
There are also some stuff done as the scum2.1 name that are much more experimental and are not punk related (the video with no drums).
ひさぷきゅう / ひさぷきゅう・ひかりのうま
I put the slash since I see this listed as two different names, but I’m unsure what constitutes the different name. This experimental band is a duo, and it consists of two experimental vocalists, and sometimes over an experimental backing.
菜の花 is a band that consists of two members. Its pretty calm and the most relaxing of her bands. It often has calm slow guitar and is rather melodic compared to the rest of her music. It could be described as experimental j-indie noiserock. They also once did an experimental enka track.
電気醤油 (sometimes written as わさび醤油) is a punk band. Analchang often seems more like an accessory to this band, and not actually contributing to the music that much.