Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - Black Blues (Soft Version) [2004]

| Avant-Garde | Experimental Blues |
| Experimental Classical Guitar |

I guess it was destined to happen. After unleashing a mountain of material over the course of three decades, it was only a matter of time before Keiji Haino would release two different versions of the same album simultaneously. Titled Black Blues and unveiled by French label Les Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier in March 2004, the only thing that sets the twin albums apart visually are the cover photos, which are mirrors of each other, and the catalog numbers. But, that’s where the similarities end.

The first album, DSA 54087, is considered the soft version–and for good reason. It’s completely packed full of some of the most super-personal, quiet music this side of a dusty old casket–featuring close-miked, cooing vocals with distant guitar strums; ultra-sparse, bent, quavering notes and louder, melodic singing with even more distant reverbed-out guitar.

Catalog: DSA 54087 (Les Disques du Soleil et de l’Acier)
Album overview on Arcane Candy
On Last.fm

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