Monday, January 4, 2010

Lost Aaraaff - Lost Aaraaff (1991)

| Avant-Garde | Noise Rock | Free-Jazz |

Back we go to the very beginning of Keiji Haino’s “professional” career: 1971 and his first group, Lost Aaraaff. This free jazz-inspired ensemble scarved out a vicious splash of crazed piano, slop-o drumming (credits are not given) and Haino’s most toasted, gargled, feedback microphone vocals ever: groaning, growling, shrieking, screaming and kicking his way through 64 minutes over three long tracks. Ah, youth. Someone additionally squawks away on sax for a bit near the end of the 38-minute track two, plus Haino performs some low key pick-to-string guitar hits in the first part of track three, as well.

Although the band does get kind of “bluesy” at times, this music is definitely the sort of thing that makes most people perk up and politely request, “Turn that crap off!” From explosive, acoustic improv with screeching voice to ambient tinkling and ghostly vocal murmurs, it’s amazing that someone had a tape recorder rolling—especially then and there and for this kind of thing. All in all, it’s a very impressive set of pushed rawness. A vintage, color cover photo shows a blurry, youthful Haino onstage shaking a guitar around. It’s probably not from the same session, but who knows for sure?

Catalog: PSFD-18 (P.S.F. Records)
Album overview on Arcane Candy

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