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These guys are now on their fourth album, I guess they really qualify now as a “proper” band i.e not just guys getting together sporadically for an improv session. Who’d have thought three years after their initial release ‘Tima Formosa’ they’d still be doing it. It’s clear that they’ve really unified as a group and gained a greater understanding of ...

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Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour In All The Mystery by Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 26 April 2013

These guys are now on their fourth album, I guess they really qualify now as a “proper” band i.e not just guys getting together sporadically for an improv session. Who’d have thought three years after their initial release ‘Tima Formosa’ they’d still be doing it. It’s clear that they’ve really unified as a group and gained a greater understanding of each other as players as each album appears to be more cohesive than the previous.

Recorded at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo during their annual get together it begins with Haino’s angelic castrato vocals in the vein of his Nijiumu work, with lots of space and a real arcane Japanese folk vibe. Brandy monster and teddy bear lover Charlemagne Palestine along with Eiko Ishibashi assist with some haunting tones generated from wine glasses. The brilliantly titled ‘Who Would Have Thought This Callous History Would Become My Skin’ is up next with Haino picking up the flute; one of many instruments he’s mastered. Ambarchi provides delicate cymbal flourishes and O’Rourke almost gets funky on the bass giving a somewhat 70’s fusion vibe. ‘Only The Winding "Why" Expresses Anything Clearly’ really brings the pummeling free-rock with Haino’s guitar ripping in signature fashion and Ambarchi’s drum pounding along steadily like an angry elephant. There’s a tad of no-wave flavour which was also present when I fulfilled one of my lifetime ambitions late last year and got to see Fushitsusha perform live. The intensity really builds, with Haino busting out some top notch riffs and squealing solos.

Then cometh ‘A New Radiance Springing Forth From Inside The Light’ and they’re really in full on power-trio mode. Oren and Jim hold things down magnificently and If I didn’t know otherwise I would swear I was listening to a Fushitsusha record, they really provide a rigid backbone for Haino’s guitar shooting out bolts of white lightning. ‘Even That Still Here And Unwanted Can You And I Love It Just Like Us It Was Born Here Too’ is an absolute crusher, again with all three in top form. Finally the title track closes the set, taking things right back down to almost silence with very gentle and tender playing from Haino in a sorta Loren Connors mode. Highly recommended.


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