December 24, 2012
"Incredible studio set that sees legendary Japanese free jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata united with ‘Kings Of Noise’ Hijokaidan: it makes instant sense, the Japanese psych/noise underground developed in direct parallel to its free jazz scene, with countless instances of flux and cross-pollination, especially via vanguard figures like Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru Abe, the late bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa, Sabu Toyozumi, Keiji Haino’s Lost Aaraff and, of course, saxophonist Akira Sakata. Sakata has been on a roll of late, historically he has been one of the key Japanese free thinkers, playing with most of the heavyweights to come out of that country’s avant garde scene while reaching out to internationalists like Peter Brotzmann. Hijokaidan’s free-form noise music obviously owes a great deal to the ecstasies of late-60s/70s fire music and this stunning studio dates lets you get your head all the way inside the horn...."
Our pals over at Northern Spy in Brooklyn have released Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille's I Wish I Didn't Dream -- their first proper duo album in 14 years. It's 14 new studio tracks inspired by the Brooklyn outsider, impressionistic artist M P Landis. The package comes in a lovely digipak with a 20 page tip-in art book featuring all 14 M P Landis paintings along with lyrics by Suzanne. All tracks were improvised live during a four hour session -- a rare feat as most Loren's albums are cut on stage or at home.
Chris Forsyth at the SXSW Family Vineyard / De Stijl showcase.