Album Review

Junzo, Suzuki – “Ode to a Blue Ghost” – [Utech]

surferrosa   5/23/2012   A Library, CD

Utech Records, Kingdom of Drone, brings us some delightful drawl courtesy of Suzuki Junzo. Layers of ethereal guitar drone meditation for daaaays. Track #1 kicks in with the sparse, shimmering repetition of a short melodic phrase, looping and leeching itself into your brain as the elements begin to slowly stack up creating a tower of sounds. An escalating blizzard of guitar noise which only gets thicker, foggier and more grating as the minutes click by for about 20 minutes. This piece starts of pleasant and ends with the claws. Track #2 resonates tension contoured by calm. A drone-feedback soundscape. Pretty static compared to some of the other tracks. #2 smoothly segues into track #3, which teases your ache for cohesion with fuzzed out distorto-guitar sounds playing almost yet not quite riffage, which repeats and repeats as it slowly decays and eventually loses the little tangibility it had to begin with, leaving you engulfed in a flurry of noise. Track #4 wraps with a meditative, feeding back, oscillating, clicking, scraping, journey of drone. More similar to #2 in its static tendencies. Let the relentless buzz possess you. -Surfer Rosa

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