Fukuda, Hiiragi – “Dump” – [Holy Mountain]
Tokyo guitarist who can scorch in the Mainliner red, fuzz
busting out solos, but sets up songs with looping acoustic
and electric guitar lines and hand-percussion sidling along
with them. His voice, mutter-sung and multi-tracked, adds to
the hypnotic trippy trance effect. The songs invite you in
with a gentle psych vibe but then he just rips with the
electric fret fire. In a way this re-ignited my fondness for
Slapp Happy Humphrey, wth that similar combustive combination.
KFJC has an album from Doronco Gumo, connecting Fukuda-san
back to the Japanese underground giants like Les Rallizes
Denudes. This definitely keeps that tradition alive and
well. We got our copy down from the mighty Holy Mountain
and these two songs will resonate in your Six Organ chakras,
“Dump” spins like a prayer wheel, seven minutes of excellence.
“Don’t Worry Be Slow” begins with an acoustic coal-mining
kind of riff, but right away the guitar magma is struck.
When the guitar cools down, his echoey vocals water-drop
into your consciousness, I guess they’re in Japanese, but you
could tell me they were in some ancient forgotten language,
and I’d believe you.