Absolute-ultimate Japanese mega-kings of noise Hijokaidan have a new record out on Cold Spring, and it is pressed to vinyl picture disc no less! So you can gaze on Mikawa’s electronics as you spin these entirely out-there noise jams of the group in ‘rock-band’ format. Studio recordings, limited to 750 copies only.
LP £20.49 CSR208P
Limited picture disc LP + CD on Cold Spring - Both formats have completely different audio. Edition of 750 copies.
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The adorable normcore crew at Cold Spring are best known for eating lunch at a sensible hour and talking about Masterchef by the water cooler, so naturally Hijokaidan’s music is not at all loud, straining no ears, smashing nobody’s perceptions into a hundred tiny pieces. Everything is nice. Actually everything is noise.
Lies aside, Hijokaidan push power electronics (the instrumental kind where no one needlessly calls you a cu*t, Whitehouse) together with freeform percussion you may have come to love under the tutorage of Ambarchi, Haino and the like. The results are thoroughly intense, with a screeching, Merzbow-fighting undercurrent of noise running constant through proceedings. On the backburner, this noise sounds kinda pleasant, confirming the disorientation and abstraction of the drumming played alongside it. I get the feeling Hijokaidan would be really good at arranging furniture? They have their own system, but at least they’re experts at it.
‘Emergency Stairway to Heaven’ is dynamic enough to keep your ears piqued; it goes from unseemly torrents of combined electronic/acoustic noise into little, minimalist rumblings, wherein drums act as a tint and the equipment merely creaks. At other points they invoke the squeaky floorplan noise of artists like Mats Gustaffson and Yol; at others their electronics zoom and woosh like the crucial moment in a Looney Tunes cartoon. There’s both a sincere intensity and absurd humour to this record, which makes it a wild, ever-ridiculous ride. A lovely loud release from a favourite noise-purveying label.
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