Surabhi (album)

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Merzbow-Surabhi front.jpg
Studio album by Merzbow
Released October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)
Recorded January 2011
Studio Munemihouse, Tokyo
Genre Noise
Length 52:01
Label Hypnagogia
Producer Masami Akita
Merzbow chronology
Dead Zone
(2011)Dead Zone2011
Lop Lop
(2011)Lop Lop2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Musique Machine 3/5 stars[1]
The Sound Projector favorable[2]

Surabhi is an album by the Japanese noise musician Merzbow.[3] It is the second volume of the Merzcow trilogy, inspired by cattle veneration in Hinduism. The theme was suggested by the owner of the label, who visited the Care for Cows charity in Vrindavan, India, which takes care of abandoned cattle. The music is intended to be "warm and organic", and was made using granular synthesis, oscillators, and tone generators.[4]

Surabhi is another name of Kamadhenu, a Hindu goddess who is the mother of all cows and a "cow of plenty". The album photos were provided by Care for Cows. Vanamali and Balarama are the names of cattle at Care for Cows, the cover depicts Vanamali,[5] and the rear Balarama.[6] "Yamuna Snan" refers to bathing in the Yamuna river.[7]

Surabhi was preceded by Kamadhenu. The final volume, Gomata, was released in February 2017.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Masami Akita.

No. Title Length
1. "Vanamali and Shravan" 15:51
2. "Balaram" 16:05
3. "Yamuna Snan" 20:15


  • Masami Akita – performer
  • Care for Cows – photography

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Quantity Catalog Note
United Kingdom October 11, 2011 Hypnagogia CD 300 GO02 Digipak


  1. ^ Batty, Roger (April 16, 2012). "Review: Surabhi". Musique Machine. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Pinsent, Ed (January 14, 2012). "Rest from Breathing". The Sound Projector. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Merzbow - Surabhi (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ Batty, Roger (May 26, 2011). "Calm Before The Storm". Musique Machine. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vanamali". Care for Cows International. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Balarama". Care for Cows International. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cows Swimming". Care for Cows International. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Merzbow - Gomata (CD, Album)". Discogs. Retrieved February 21, 2017. 

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