Ishibashi, Eiko & K2 – “Compressed Happiness” – [Phage Tapes]
Two long racks on this collaboration from 2013.
Dynamic. The album is not afraid to combine opposing textures and tones. On the first track there is screeching and crackling feedback layered over ambient strings, and then it builds, then the beat comes in, then…The second track is harsh and never lets up except for the occasional gut wrenching half-seconds of silence. It is hard to believe this is the first thing we have added from Japanese artist Eiko Ishibashi. We do have plenty in the library from Kimihide Kusafuka (K2).
Billie Joe Tolliver