Friday, April 27, 2007

Brast Burn & Karuna Khyal (Voice Records)

Uber Rare Japanese Underground records released sometime in the 1970s. Voice Records who released the records have never been tracked down nor the artist on these records.

"If the accepted lore isn't deliberately misleading, Brast Burn and Karuna Khyal are indeed one and the same. Could these Voice Records artists represent a Janus-faced collective entirely at peace with its inherent contradictions? Might the tribal Sturm und Drang and stomping lunatic-fringe revelry of Karuna Khyal's Alomoni 1985 and the beatific grace of Debon be two sides of a single fabulous tale? As both albums have languid slide guitars and tape loops in common, the possibility seems more likely with every spin through Debon.

A telling point of reference here could be Magical Power Mako, another perplexing entity of Japanese origin and synchronous (mid-'70s) activity. Like any good artistic enigma, MPM inhabits a creative realm to which others gain entrance only at his bidding. Since 1974, MPM has charted his own cosmic/kosmiche trail of self and spiritual discovery through music, with each record as different from the last as it is from everything else. It is to the kaleidoscope of MPM's finest work that Brast Burn's helical psychedelic configurations return.

Spread across two lengthy (22+-minute) tracks, broken into shards and melted down, Debon is a mandala of jingling loops, multi-tracked and harmonized lamasery chants, Kenji "Damo" Suzuki-styled declamations, electronic glimmers, gongs, sacred bells, and fuzzed-out synthesizers. Brast Burn further plaits Debon with breathless flutes and recorders, subtle musique concréte embellishments, percussive shudders, and guitars, guitars, guitars - electric and acoustic, clean and lavishly effects-laden, strummed and struck, slicing and gently sliding. The laundry list of elements, worthy of Ashtray Navigations or Simon Wickham Smith and Richard Youngs, actually evokes a similar effect - at once improvisational yet utterly musical. Nor is it much of a stretch to draw the line connecting Brast Burn with such scions as Ghost or Trembling Strain. Favoring consciousness, clarity, and contemplation (as opposed to Karuna Khyal's fits of angst and drunken choler), Brast Burn communicates sensitivity to the Zen virtue of negative space, layering the natural white noises of wind and water to cancel out lingering entropic traces.

The epic gestures of the earlier track culminate in raga-like repose - a spiritually exhausting, soul-wrenching prayer ritual concluding with the revitalizing serenity of meditation. It might all be too hippie-drippy/sounds-of-the-'70s for some, if not for the full zoological spectrum of curious critter voices (elsewhere identified as Stan Laurel samples!) and toy-like musical accents littering its picked and plucked figures. Tape designs and interrupted narrative aside, there's far more evidence of early Popul Vuh - particularly during the tracks climactic throes of euphoric axemanship - than there is support for Brast Burn's ostensible "Japanese Faust" reputation.

Of Paradigm Discs' Voice Records reissues, the exhilarating Alomoni 1985 may be the more immediately arresting album. But Debons fascinating, multidimensional charms are not to be overlooked by devotees of psychedelic arcana."

Your mind will melt in ecstasy with this one!
Highly Recommended!
Brast Burn & Karuna Khyal

Monday, April 09, 2007

Six Ways To Avoid The Evil Eye (Eastern Deep Psych!!!)

"Six Ways To Avoid The Evil Eye"
by Ed Yazijian

Limited Edition Lp by One Tree (2007)
Released on Limited Edition CDR originally on Feed and Seed Records (2006)

"Wanted to make the world aware of a new release of vinyl called Six Ways To Avoid The Evil Eye. This album is a reissue of a super limited CDR from last year. These are mysterious recordings that seem to be immersed in an innerspace composed entirely of serious reverb jello, all instrumental-style with loads of tabla and slide guitar and international / continental / other worldly instruments & sounds. The artist is Dr. E'weerd Yijji (aka Ed Yazijian) who should be known for his work with serious folks like Dredd Foole and Pete Prescott (Mission of Burma, Volcano Suns) and many others(not to mention occasional live performances with the mighty Sun City Girls). This is his first solo release." Ed is a teacher of Asian Studies in South Carolina and spent a number of years living in Bangladesh.

This is deffinatly the best modern psych eastern drone album I've heard in years.
Its available as a limited edition Lp... Go out and buy it, its a real gem!

The limited edition Lp is available Here,
http://www.forcedexposure.com/artists/six.ways.to.avoid.the.evil.eye.html
& http://www.flippedoutrecords.com/sixwatoaveve.html

update: Ed is also a current member of Hildegard, and if you ain't got no turntable, you can still buy a lovely handmade cdr version (the cover is amazing!!!), plus many other delightful treats at www.feedandseedrecords.com

ps. Mutant Sound Blog just posted this amazing album that is in a similar realm,
AKTUALA - TAPPETO VOLANTE (Italian Eastern Psych) get it!

Download here,
Six Ways To Avoid The Evil Eye

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Frank Sumatra and the Mob (UK Weird Post-Punk?)

Frank Sumatra and the Mob - Te Dium
UK 1979
Small Wonder Records

Found this oddball release recently and ripped the vinyl today, below is what info I could find.

"One man, but with a million ideas, Alig Pearce’s Family Fodder collective garnered cult status in the early eighties with a string of lo-fi, schizophrenic releases, all in The Residents/ Flying Lizards/ kitchen sink tradition. however, unknown to many is the fact that within a month of releasing the first ever Family Fodder single, an Alig alter-ego appeared to put out this joyous EP.

Why Mr Pearce adopted a pseudonym for this release remains a mystery. the EP’s four tracks are typically eccentric and diverse. ‘Te Dium’ is a perfect slice of XTC guitar pop, with the added bonus of dreamy female backing vocals, jerky time signatures and the most mind-blowing distorted solo you’ve ever heard (but is it a guitar?). the EP’s other song ‘The Story So Far’, is another departure, and sees Alig adopt a convincing Russell Mael falsetto for a hyperactive chanson that recalls similar efforts by The Red Krayola or Peter Blegvad’s ‘Kew Rhone’ album. meanwhile, ‘The Blues’ and ‘Telstar’ (yes, that Telstar) are brief experimental, electronic excursions. humorous rather than haranguing."

Download here,
Frank Sumatra