Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - Watashi Dake? (1993) [1981 reissue]

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

This is a 1993 reissue of a rare, obscure, Japanese LP from 1981 (for Haino other albums, check out here). This is a set of early recordings and debuts many of the crude elements of Haino’s technique that would more fully blossom a decade later.

The first track, "My Whereabouts", maintains a very quiet area of contemplation occasionally interjected with intense shouts, whispers and coos—all accented with Haino’s copyrighted feedback microphone. Tracks 2 through 12 are mostly in the shorter range, featuring Haino solo on guitar and voice. The sounds range from spare pick-to-string hits and scrapes with solemn vocals, soft singing with occasional guitar tangles, mangled feedback noise with shouted vocals, the appearance of a strange and low-pitched string instrument, sparse string fluctuations with beautiful singing, shy guitar noodling with short shouts, muffled ’n’ stumbled strums with high-pitched vocal interjections and plenty of quiet muffled rhythms.

By far the highlight of this CD reissue is track 13, "Sacrifice": a previously unreleased, ultra-wide, infinity-splaying, 28-minute reality canvas of ridiculously overloaded, squealing guitar feedback and supremely scalding, amp-cutting, ear drum-molesting lift-off + white-out of exploding sound embers and ever-spreading auditory flurries of uncertain origin. Not to mention occasional intoned vocals from beyond the abyss. Recorded in 1981, this is a prime, early example of Keiji Haino operating within his own perfect, personal vacuum–a spontaneous masterpiece of no-thought-only-action activity.

All tracks unofficially translated from the Japanese LP titles.

Catalog: 1981 original: PRL#2 (Pinakotheca) | 1993 reissue: PSFD-38 (P.S.F. Records)
Album overview on Arcane Candy

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