Sunday, September 13, 2009

Asahito Nanjo ( 南条麻人 ) - Greed (2004)

| Avant-Garde | Psychedelic Rock | Experimental Rock |

Asahito Nanjo is a Japanese underground musician, best known for his psychedelic rock groups High Rise, Mainliner and Musica Transonic, and the ethnic improvisation unit Toho Sara. He has been active on the Tokyo underground scene since the late seventies, and is regarded as one of the most important figures from the avant-garde Japan.

His solo album is a mysterious piece of psychedelic music, mostly instrumental. Strong bass lines and distant ghostly guitars fill this album mystical atmosphere. Although both songs are slow and calm, they feel a little nervous on the inside, maybe because of the percussion used and the agonized guitars. His voice is soft and full of reverb, what adds a little more mist to it. "Greed" has the participation of some other great musicians, like Makoto Kawabata, with whom Asahito plays on Mainliner. The first track sounds finer, with some change of moods and some more aggressive parts, though the result is mainly a bizarre and mysterious calm song, just like the second.

Catalog: SSW 813 (Sparkling Spare Wheel)

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