Monday, October 12, 2009

Keiji Haino ( 灰野敬二 ) - Won't Becomes Can't (2006)

| Avant-Garde | Experimental | Noise |

Japanese Title: Yaranai Ga Dekinai Koto Ni Natte Yuku. Hot on the heels of albums in which he experimented with air synth, acoustic guitar, drum kit and even a sitar army, Keiji Haino revisits his past to offer us another take on the kind of forlorn solo vocals with electric guitar atmospheres that he does so well. One long track splays out for well over an hour, building from quiet, sparse, late-night picking to atonal strumming and, eventually, virtual storms of multi-layered guitar. So, did Haino do overdubs or simply stomp on a delay pedal? Since there are no liner notes and he so seldomly does the former, I cast my vote for the latter. The overall modus operandi on this disc involves maintaining a simple, stark, space bliss soaked in massive reverb that gives way to a sudden stop punctured by a sour, wailing field of distortion chaos and eventually back again. Lather, rinse, repeat. And most of the vocals throughout are surprisingly up front. Pretty much all this album amounts to is another near-classic to throw on the pile.

Catalog: PSFD-8024 (P.S.F. Records)
Album overview on Arcane Candy

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