Masaki Batoh Vinyl, CD & tapes from this artist at Norman Records
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Ghost founder Masaki Batoh drops his fourth solo LP via Drag City. Nowhere is a record of trippy folk songs. The delicately picked guitars here come laced with reverb and delay, and Batoh’s wistful lyrics reflect on ageing and memory. The Beatles, Incredible String Band and John Martyn all spring immediately to mind.
Masaki Batoh was more than a decade deep into his time with Ghost when he formed Cosmic Invention. Intended as a fun and carefree endeavour to contrast with the intensity of his commitments with Ghost, Batoh and his group made one LP, 1997’s Help Your Satori Mind. More than twenty years on and Drag City are issuing the album on wax for the first time. It’s a nice hybrid of classic psych- and hard-rock styles - the guitar parts on ‘Blue Link Sky Was Falling’ are particularly lovely. This re-release also marks the first time that ‘Long Jamming’ has appeared on the record.
Amounting to the third album of Tokyo-based outfit The Silence is Nice Suns, One Morning. As it shifts across an array of styles and variations of modern rock, the offering prioritises free-flowing improvisation over the cull of safe and easy songwriting - amounting to a highly creative record without restraint.