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    Keiji Haino – Uchu Ni Karami Tsuiteiru Waga Itami

    Promoted as Keiji Haino’s first all-electronic album, the title of this CD, Uchu Ni Karami Tsuiteiru Waga Itami, means Tangled Up in the Universe, My Pain in English. Flailing his hands about like an electrocuted spider monkey on coffee and meth, Haino conducts a symphony of aural mayhem that sounds for all the world as if it’s blasting from a rag-tag collection of vintage analog gear. But, surprisingly, it’s not. His wild arm and body movements play themselves out over a couple of modern day theremin-like digital instruments called the air synth and air FX. Although the proceedings often recall the more chaotic moments of old school ’50s electronics alternating with ’80s dark industrial soundscapes, the results are still infused with quite a taste of Haino–despite the lack of his instantly recognizable vocals.

    All sorts of low-pitched drones, eerie slide whistle-like whisps, background twitters, gritty feedback, plaintive drips, corroded Wild West shootouts and blurry sandstorms consort to form a bona fide room-clearing electronic nightmare. And it all comes packed up in yet another one of those mega-nice, mini-LP style gatefold jackets with two photos of Haino playing the instruments in a live setting, plus a booklet with two “lifestyle” shots. Another new avenue opens up for the ever-splintering oeuvre of Keiji Haino. Yay!

    Label: PSF Catalog Number: PSFD-8020 Format: CD Packaging: Mini-LP gatefold Tracks: 4 Total Time: 61:24 Country: Japan Released: 2005 Related Artists: Fushitsusha More: Forced Exposure, Official, Poison Pie, Wikipedia

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