Album Review

Hasegawa, Hiroshi – “Never Ending Story of Noise Forest” – [Love Earth Music]

abacus   7/24/2013   A Library, CD


The Never Ending Story, something that pops up here and there a lot but what does it mean? Is this a reference to the legendary box-set ‘Never Ending Story of the King of Noise’ by Hijokaidan? Besides both being Japanoise demons (Hiroshi also under the monikers Astro and C.C.C.C.) he did happen to collaborate with JoJo and Fumio under a similar name. But what is the Noise Forest? Perhaps the subtle fade-in/fade-out of the first and fourth tracks suggest something far more vast than what is on this 43min CD. Brief (albeit both over 10mins) excerpts of an eternal forest of tangled feedback and mangled resonance, lost forever in the labyrinth of sound. The noise lingers in the realm of drone, almost gentle in its assault despite its harsh, icy nature. The second track especially glides from a steady hum, an ominous omnipresence that gradually adds layers of feedback. The third track is definitely the heaviest and to the uninitiated will sound like a mere blanket of noise, but to the rest of us stands a dense orchestra of entropy, a aural overload that is never to searing to be unbearable until it suddenly cuts out. The final track drifts more into industrial loop droning again and takes its sweet time before fading away, bringing to mind the unattainability of the horizon of resolve. To be lost forever in sonic disintegration, maybe this is what enlightenment sounds like?

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