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    Keiji Haino – Light, Darkness, Suddenly Melted Together, This Vibration

    Keiji Haino - Light, Darkness

    This 70-minute CD contains three long tracks of Keiji Haino going solo on the acoustic guitar with nary a melody or a vocal chord in sight. We’re talking straight-up free improvisation here, people! Featuring sections of almost meditative quiet that are rudely interrupted by dry, dissonant juts and jabs–plus all kinds of abstract, complex picking sprinkled all over the place–the playing on this album is obviously influenced by free improv pioneer Derek Bailey without sounding like an outright bite. Although the music and crystal clear recording are nice, 70 minutes of solo acoustic guitar playing of any kind is guaranteed to test just about anyone’s patience–even mine. But, then again, maybe you’re cut from a different cloth. The cover sports three photos of the artist manhandling the instrument down in the basement. Also included is a nice little catalog with a short bio (written in Japanese only, unfortunately) and a scan of every Keiji Haino-related CD released on PSF thus far. Sweet stuff.

    Label: PSF Catalog Number: PSFD-8017 Format: CD Packaging: Jewel case Tracks: 3 Total Time: 70:33 Country: Japan Released: 2003 Related Artists: Fushitsusha More: Forced Exposure, Official, Poison Pie, Wikipedia

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