Saturday, 31 March 2018

Seishokki “Organs of Blue Eclipse"1975-77 2005 Japan Private Psych,Experimental (Top 50 Japan Rock Albums by Julian Cope)


Seishokki “Organs of Blue Eclipse"1975-77 2005 Japan Private Psych,Experimental  (Top 50 Japan Rock Albums by Julian Cope)
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Formed while still at school in the far northern island of Hokkaido during 1975, Seishokki was made up of future underground movers and shakers - Hitoshi Matsumoto, Yuji Nakamura, Masanori Komatsu, Yasuaki Harabuchi, Ikuro Takahashi and Tetsuya Takashio - who went on to perform with a variety of ‘90s bands, including Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Fushitsusha, High Rise and Che-Shizu. Their sole album ORGANS OF BLUE ECLIPSE was mostly a retrospective of home recordings from the period 1975-77, recorded in an outbuilding on the banks of the river Chubetsu Gawa, on the outskirts of their home town Asahikawa. However, the final ((and most ‘rock’) track on the LP, entitled ‘Abashiri Blues’) was recorded live at a local club. The album received a limited vinyl release in 2005CE on the Siwa label. …Julian Cope…~

Archive recordings by Seishokki (roughly translates as"Organs Of Blue Eclipse”) a band formed in Asahikawa in northern Japan while it’s members were still in high school. The story goes that the band’s musical influences were as likely to be only heard of as actually heard but original member Ikuro Takahashi (who has since gone on to perform with a veritable who’s who list of outfits that includes Fushitsusha, High Rise, Che-Shizu and Maher Shalal Hash Baz) recalls that along the way various members of the band had been moved by the extended thump and drone of Faust with Tony Conrad, the deep synthesizer explorations of Klaus Schulze and the passionate avant-folk of Kazuki Tomokawa. Some members of the band had also been drawn to the writings of critic/promoter Aquirax Aida who was responsible for the introduction of a lot of western free music to Japan. The onset of punk may have contributed a little to the freedom a bunch of non-musicians felt to start a band but Takahashi has suggested that a lot of their inspiration came from what was probably a misunderstanding of minimalism. What comes out in these recordings is a wonderfully primitive approach to the repetition of minimalism with exuberant forays into wild synth/percussion driven noise. The result falls somewhere between the original Amon Duul LPs and “Outside the Dream Syndicate” with a nod to the soon to come explosion of NOISE in the Japanese underground. These are believed to be the only surviving recordings of this band with the exception of a vocal track with lyrics concerning an eternal teenage concern deemed too mortifying for release. If you know any different, get in touch…..~

Japanese musical group, formed in the city of Asahikawa by a group of classmates, among whom was the famous figure of the Japanese psychedelic scene Ikuro Takahashi. The band’s music is a mixture of the most diverse styles and influences: psychedelic and krautrock, Klaus Schulze’s space synthesizers, Kazuki Tomokawa’s avant-folk and creative work, academic minimalism (first of all, Lamont Yang’s creativity) plus movement towards noise. In 2005, a compact disc was released with music from 1975 to 1977 - that is, with all the surviving records of this amazing collective…..~

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