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    Seppuku – The Awesome Houses of Earth’s Innocents

    April 23rd, 2019

    Seppuku - The Awesome Houses of Earth’s Innocents

    On Discogs, there are surprisingly at least 13 artists called Seppuku. The tenth one, an improvising post modern classical trio from the UK, offered up exactly one CD way back in 1998, then apparently disappeared. Approprately titled The Awesome Houses of Earth’s Innocents, the album boasts 11 awesome tracks. Three of those tracks make up an opening suite called “Credo: 3 Tombes.” It all starts quietly with “Heart,” which is comprised of super spare and simple melodic figures on electric guitar and stand up bass that offers up a pleasant atmosphere of contemplative restraint. Barely there cymbal washes with long bouts of silence continue the quiet mood with “Sun,” while “Prayer” proffers a deep one-note bass riff with guitar far off in the distance. Leaving the mellow mood of “Credo” behind, “What a Cast Iron Spoon is Good For,” is what busy, skittering free improv is good for, while “Water Glass Philum” is good for a pensive guitar line over a bed of cello drones.

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