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MERZBOW - Higanbana

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Vivo Records vivo2007032cd
Release Year: 2007
Note: digipack
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €14.00

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"Drei Tracks, die zeigen, wie wichtig es ist, dass Merzbow wieder analoges Equipment in seine Musik einbringt. Nicht dass die reinen Laptop-Arbeiten der letzten Jahre irgendwelche Schwächen zugelassen hätten, es mangelte aber hier und da an Farbe, Abwechslung und Schwere. Vorbei damit, hier thront wie erwartet Masami Akita über all den weltweit gleichbescheurten Noise-Affen und Wolf Eyes-Epigonen und konfrontiert mit im Grunde unüberschauberen geschweige denn fassbaren Gebirgen, Quatsch: Universen an Geräuschmasse. Unbändige Kraft entspringt den Maschinen, nie ausgelutscht, frisch wie kein Sommer und planlos weil allumfassend. Kein Bär hält dieser Musik stand, Wölfe flüchten und Hühner bersten - Mahlzeit." [http://www.de-bug.de/ ed *****]

"Higanbana is the Japanese name of Red Spider Lily, a red and fatally poisonous flower associated with death in Japan. It belongs to the species Cluster Amaryllis, which in turn is the title of Track 1: a red-hot inferno of screaming feedback sounding like scorched crickets, with low-fi bass growling in the urgent undertow. The 30-minute work of art feels like an unsettling journey into the toxic medulla of Higanbana, eye(ear)-opening and dangerous. Like a fuse burning itself out, track 2 is an unstoppable roar of fuzz, white noise and psychedelic pulsations that explore dynamics and sound channelling to its hushed end. The album features Ukons (Silky Feather) which appears to be a chook; and the 'courtesy' extended 'by Hell' hints at the macabre manner by which Ukons may have contributed to the uncredited sounds on track 3. Like a sick metronome, the mutilated clucks of Ukons count down as different frequencies of static, sirens, and squelches explode in disjointed phrases, on and on, without resolution. Indeed, none of the three tracks find peace in themselves as none ends resolutely. In this the last album of 2007, Merzbow once again makes a statement by defying complete comprehension." [FLuViRuS]