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Harutaka Mochizuki, Hasegawa Shizuo, Tomoyuki Aoki

Enka Mood Collection

Label: An'Archives

Format: 10"

Genre: Experimental

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Aoki Tomoyuki is mostly known with as the guitarist & vocalist of  Up-Tight (Alchemy records, 8mm)  and  for more than 2 decades he has been behind some albums which mix plaintive echo-drenched imprecations, love of bitter-sweet folk and blissfully nihilistic guitar noise reminiscent of Les Rallizes Denudes and Mizutani’s velvetian ballads.
Harutaka Mochizuki is a multi-instrumentalist, mostly known his saxophone improvisations recalling like the same other lonely satellites and solo thinkers like Masayoshi Urabe, Arthur Doyle, Anthony Braxton and Kaoru Abe.

Aoki and Harutaka  have been recording together for a couple of years and this is their first new collaboration after a  remarkable self-released CD that saw the light in 2014.  Terribly human, passionate and intense,  their association is  just one of the most inspiring and burning free unit since the apex of the P.S.F era.

Hasegawa-Shizuo is Hirotomo Hasegawa and Shizuo Uchida.  Hasegawa is the lead singer of seminal early eighties Japanese punk/hardcore group Aburadako (Greasy Octopus), while Uchida was a long-term member of Haino's Nijiumu medieval dream-drone unit. F and for  more than 2 decades, the latter was he’s involved in many projects such Le Son de L’os,  Kito Mizukumi Rouber, L’extase Métallique and many more. This duo has now been active for a decade, their work being documented on a few releases  that sadly became scarse over the last years.

Here, the group's instrumentation is here highly unorthodox once again, placing Uchida's mysterious bass textures against the wet skirl of Hasegawa's hichiriki, an ancient double-reed wind instrument, the whose haunting upper register tones of which are an unmistakable feature of gagaku court music.  Deliriously strange and enigmatic, their enka cover sounds like a  dark composition of their own, associating humour to their unique strangeness.

Cat. number: AN 11
Year: 2016