「 神がいる処 」  - Where The Spirits Are -
Holy Mountain/261283
54分28秒 CD


Where The Spirits


Suishou No Fune's excellent new album, "Where the Spirits Are," will also be in stores on March 28, 2006. They are yet another astonishing example of Tokyo's rich tradition of producing dark, avant-garde psychedelic rock groups.
(Holy Mountain)


Holly Mountainから3rdアルバムとしてリリースされた。2005年のライブ音源で構成されるこの作品、マスタリングも良好で彼らのベスト作と断言できる仕上がりである。 全5曲(うち2曲がトリオ編成、ドラムは南部輝久)。
「黒い幻」、「ばらが咲いた」などは現在もライブでおなじみの曲だが、それ以外は全て即興演奏だ。 とにかく、読者諸氏に訴えかけたいことは、水晶の舟はライブを観なければいけない、ということ。最近とみに、即興の比重が増してきている彼らには、その場でしか聴くことのできない曲のなんと多いことか(もちろん、それらがライブにおいて再演されることはあるが、「曲の再現」に留まることは決してない)。 つまり彼らの作品には、その時・その場所における魂の交感の記録の断片が刻印されているということだ(ピラコはライブ演奏について「演奏中、天の恵みのように“与えられている”と強く感じることが多々ある」と語る)。
アルバムは1曲目「神の谷」のソニックアタックなヘヴィロックで幕を開ける。即興とは思えない完成度を示しつつ、全編を貫く統一感は見事だ。 冬の夜空にちりばめられた星々のようなピラコのギター。その背後で、通奏底音としてボトムをしっかりと支えながら決定的な彩色を施す影男のギターは、月の引力に抗う潮の満ち引きのようにたゆたう。 両者のギターが絶妙に織り成す闇の曼荼羅模様は、時に暗黒の磁場を貫く大河の奔流のような激しさを見せながら、天上からの光の飛沫となって聴く者の奥深くへと舞い降りてくる、包み込むような闇の歌声とともに。
(松田 康・
G-Modern 27号より)

Formed in 1999 as a duo of female guitarist Pirako Kurenai and male guitarist Kageo, Suishou No Fune have been making some of the most charmingly chaotic dream music coming out of Japan. Their sound contains subcutaneous elements of no-wave energy mixed with psychedelic rock a la early Fushitsusha or Kousokuya. Other songs approach balladry with oddly beautiful twinned vocals and distorted guitars. They have performed around Tokyo with a list of people who could succinctly be described as everybody and were even invited to play Scotland's Weekend festival in 2005.
(Midheaven U.S.A)

Brand new album from the best post Fushitsusha/Rallizes underground rock group to chew Tokyo concrete in the past few years. Pirako’s fabulously wayward vocal gives the whole thing a dramatic edge of the void-style desperation, while the sublime octave-weighted fuzz moves of second guitarist Kageo are so uniformly on the money that you feel like you must’ve dreamt these solos in their entirety at least a buncha times. The addition of drums to the basic dual guitar set-up gives the whole thing a massive shot of forward momentum and the opening salvo is as great a blast of liberated rock form as you could possibly hope for. The downer ballads function to tip the whole picture further towards oblivion, with the somnambulant drug haze of Pirako’s guitar leading the whole group headfirst into new regions of breathless nada. Beautifully packaged in a textured dark blue sleeve, with shots of the duo looking exactly like yr favourite wasted bikers, this is the fucking TICKET you’ve been looking for. Highly recommended.
(Volcanic Tongue U.K)

Suishou No Fune are a Japanese three-piece whose approach to rock is slowly to divest it of recognisable structure, peeling away at the formal qualities of rock and leaving its bloodied innards exposed. The live recordings on Where the Spirits Are offer snapshots of this process, opening with a blur of free rock movement on “Vale of Spirits”, which navigates its way into a rock song of sorts, over which Pirako Kurenai’s voice bobs and slides, her soprano wail cleaving through the calamitous scaffold constructed by Kageo on guitar and Tail on drums. When Suishou no Fune lose the drums, their songs slowly slip free of any moorings, with Kageo and Kurenai’s guitars blurring into a reverb-drenched, delay-soaked abstract machine. These more abstruse songs are indefinite, their internal workings shrouded and ghostly. Unsurprisingly, the group deal with supernatural and transitional states: check titles like “Apparition on a moonless night” and “Black phantom”. Kurenai’s voice thus simultaneously becomes a manifestation of this encroaching dread/unease and torchlight in the distance. By the final track, “A rose bloomed”, the trio are reduced to a wilting, expired duo, the gorgeous, coal-black threnody slowly compelling itself to close.
(by Dusted Reviews Jon Dale)

Holy Mountain have released the band's first U.S. album, "Where the Spirits Are", and it's as fine a collection of sprawling, shadow-infused, eerily cathartic psychedelic rock as you could desire. The dual-guitar plus drums trio aren't in any hurry on these songs, which build ever so slowly from quiet hum to torrents of guitar and wailing vocals. If comparisons must be made, Suishou no Fune mine similar territory to Fushitsusha's calmest moments and Mono's slower elements. Guitarists Pirako and Kage play through multiple amps, but while loud they concentrate less on volume and more on texture, filling every moment with sound. Drummer Tail isn't present on every track, and when he is the drums help propel things but never take over.
(Mason Jones)
OngakuBlog - Music from Japan

Japan's most exciting new
underground psychedelic guitar group
Featured on PSF's recent Tokyo Flashback 5 comp and Durtro Jnana's 5xCD Not Alone benefit disc
For fans of Fushitsusha, Kousokuya and Les Rallizes Denudes

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1 神の谷
2 おまえの涙
3 月のない夜に現れた小さな怪物
4 黒い幻
5 ばらが咲いた


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