Thursday, September 17, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - The 21st Century Hard-Y-Guide-Y Man (1995)

| Avant-Garde | Experimental Hurdy-Gurdy | Drone |
| Noise |

The 73 minutes of space on this CD (Haino's other albums) are all filled up with four long hurdy gurdy (check wikipedia) drones that effortlessly form absolutely beautiful, drifting, sunset clouds. Ranging from long, floaty tones that sparkle and shimmer as the fabric of reality crackles with life and dances around you to more severe shards of shrill twine and pissed vocal bites, this is yet another sonic monster from the hands of one of planet Earth’s master musicians who seems to wrench magic from almost everything he touches.

The most beautiful track is for sure the 4th, filled with Keiji's unique vocals and a very atmospheric hurdy-gurdy noisy improvisation. The 1st is a shimmering high-pitched song, and the 2nd is the most ghostly and misty, and my favorite, besides the 4th. The 3rd track is a huge drone piece, followed by some lonely improvisation.

A heavily recommended for fans of experimental music—a must-hear, ya hear?

Catalog: PSFD-68 (P.S.F. Records)
Album overview on Arcane Candy

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