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    Keiji Haino – Keeping On Breathing

    Keiji Haino - Keeping On Breathing

    For his umpteenth solo CD, Haino offers up yet another guitar and voice affair—again all recorded live with no overdubs. This time, we’re on a major label, but that sure hasn’t affected Haino’s approach at all, as this easily sounds like it could’ve came out on PSF years ago. Sometimes bent folk strums with gentle, beautiful vocals effortlessly merge into lengthy feedback juggernauts as other low-moaned words float pensively behind massive curtains of unruly amp sound-dust. Haino’s solo albums certainly don’t sound like anyone else’s solo albums, and while some of his other CDs feature one track drifting on for 45 minutes or more, Keeping On Breathing is 73 minutes long, nicely broken up into seven “shorter” tracks. I actually wouldn’t mind if this CD were half as long, as it does still tend to drag on a bit here and there.

    Some choice words from “Wafting”: “I’m floating / wafting / much further down than before / a place where no one wants to go.” From “Here”: “Even saying there is nothing / is a lie / only saying that everything ‘is’ / is permitted.”

    Label: Tokuma Catalog Number: TKCF 77016 Format: CD Packaging: Jewel case Tracks: 7 Total Time: 73:02 Country: Japan Released: 1997 Related Artists: Fushitsusha More: Forced Exposure, Official, Poison Pie, PSF, Wikipedia

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