Monday, September 21, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - Reveal'd To None As Yet - An Expedience To Utterly Vanquish Consciousness While Still Alive (2006)

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

Recorded live in Japan at Super Deluxe on April 7, 2005 and mastered by fellow experimental guitarist James Plotkin, Reveal’d to None as Yet is a fancy pants two-disc set released by, appropriately enough, two different American psych / noise labels, aRCHIVE and Important. Now, that’s entertainment! I mean collaboration! (Haino's other albums)

Disc one is packed to the gills with one long track full of Keiji Haino brutalizing the theremin-like air synth that we first encountered on his similar Tangled up In the Universe, My Pain album, which was released earlier in 2005 on PSF. Once again, the listener is battered by a whole airplane hangar’s worth of craggy, whining, sputtering electronic mayhem. But, this time, Haino’s occasional mysterious vocal cords add an air of instant familiarity to the hectic proceedings. All kinds of reverberant bass drum samples boom away as muffled tornadoes, menacing swirling dervishes and headache-inducing scouring pads unfurl all over the place. And it’s all supported by the most grating drones this side of Cluster’s gaseous explosions.

On the second disc, Haino continues the hurdy gurdy drone fest atmosphere that first appeared on his PSF album The 21st Century Hard-y Guide-y Man back in 1995. Providing some really pleasant counterpoint to the chaos of disc one, the ebb and flow of the sound fabric here is, surprisingly, occasionally halted and replaced with knocks upon the instrument’s body and a few choice string plucks. This novel stop ‘n’ go action is the exception, though, as the shrill, raspy string fluctuations and pillow hoverings on cloud nine meshed with Haino’s gently cooing vocals continue unabated for most of the track’s duration.

Catalog: archive14+15, imprec074 (aRCHIVE, Important Records)
Album overview on Arcane Candy

1 comment:

  1. Thanks a lot for uploading this!

    Can't wait to hear it!

    I just bought the Pan Sonic Vs. Keiji Haino album if you'd like me to upload it for you?