Friday, September 11, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - Next, Let's Try Changing The Shape (2004)

| Avant-Garde | Ethereal | Experimental Rock |
| Psychedelic Rock | Noise Rock |

Picking up where "To Start With, Let's remove the Colour" left off (check out Haino's other albums here), "Next, Let's Try Changing The Shape" offers up an additional 70 minutes of lost-in-a-nocturnal-bog sound in the form of four long sides of off-kilter, guitar strum jabs and buried, intoning vocals–all cloaked in the most gigantic midnight Grand Canyon reverb and layered delay imaginable.

The album starts with a dark solo guitar track, but it only reach it's full level at the next one, "If all were 'If'", with a guitar that shimmers through Haino's spiritual midnight vocals, all soaked on a dense mist. On the next track "Surely Here Too There Is Something", Keiji plays a glassy-distorted guitar with the reverb at full and lots of ghostly feedback. "A Secret" is also a nice track, with Keiji doing some kind of whispered and haunting vocals over a repetitive guitar. "Is This Guidance Itself Some Kind Of Trap?" is a stunning song, with Haino crying his desolate vocals as cold as ice, accompanied by a lonely ghost-like guitar. But the best on the album is the last track, "Look, Darkness And Light Both Begin To Copy Each Other. If This Process Had Not Begun Now, Here Would Never Come Back To An End" (lol huge title is huge). It starts with a light guitar pattern with high delay, and Keiji add some cold and delicate vocals to it. It grows slowly through a bizarre solo, then Keiji delivers another verse, this time a little more cursed and intense, as the guitar gets more and more frenetic. The feedback increases and Haino does another haunted solo over his torment voice. The storm enhances into stunning vocals, over a now heavily distorted guitar fog. Beyond beautifulness.

Catalog: SFKH 001CD (Swordfish Records)
Album overview on Arcane Candy

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