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Haino Keiji/Yoshida Tatsuya - Uhrfasudhasdd [Tzadik - 2008]

This rather wonderful, often unbalancing yet always inspired collaboration goes from been manic and noisy, to deranged and off kilter, down to be atmospheric and bizarre. With the pair utilizing an mixture of electric & acoustic guitars, flute, vocal sounds & noises, drums, keyboards & bass to create this superb collection atmospheric and mood jumping 16 tracks.

The pair use both their instruments and vocals in common (& often uncommon) manner; with often manic and jarring studio edit to bring the tracks to wonderful off-kilter, highly atmospheric and unhinged life. Making this feel as a whole like a delirious and demented rollercoaster ride which at times comes close to going off the tracks as in roars and dips around through your ears- but also with it’s fair share of calmer and atmospheric moments too.

And though it’s all fairly consistent and rewarding through-out a few of my favourite moments come in the form of : the opening track Ryufoispjekkossd which slides in with a  strange ‘n’ oily analogue synth horror atmosphere that decorated with off-centre guitar pickings and weird vocal muttering; before it shoots up in to deranged speed-up carnival avant rock risers. The wonky sped-up rocking chair acoustic strum meets flute dance of Cchjdisoiugpodf. The slowed rain dance rhythm and crystalline harmonic slight oriental meets prog rock guitar rising of the exit track Mkdoiajadih.

A challenging often manic yet highly enjoyable and rewarding collaboration which mangers to balance off kilter-ness with atmospheric and dramatic sonic air; with both parties playing in an accomplished and inventive manner through out the albums life.

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Roger Batty
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