Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saisei Koubou - 1987 - Act Min Tanaka

Saisei Koubou 
Act Min Tanaka

01. 再生行為 / 逸脱した俳人たち
02. 防波堤
03. 奇論
04. 日没

Recorded At – Plan-B
Kojima Recordings, Inc. – LM-1993 (LLE Label)
1987, Japan

Uchino Hiromi (内野宏海う のひろみ) bass/voice
Enomoto Ryuichi (榎本隆一 えのもとりゅういち) guitar
Fukushima Toru (福嶋透 ふくしまとおる) keyboard
Sasaki Masahiro (佐々木政博 ささきまさひろ) drums/percussion
Guest musician: Hirota Tokuomi (広田徳臣 ひろたとくみ) voice
Sound technician: Kenji Yoshida and Satoru Takazawa.

Here's another obscurity from 1987 Japan, also influenced by Crimson. This time we go back to the 1974 Starless and Bible Black era. A heavy psych guitar, woody bass, metallic percussion sound pervades, with some ominous male vocals (in Japanese) and tuneless keyboard sounds overlaid on top. It's a bit under produced and amateurish, but their hearts are in the right place, and frankly no one was doing music like this in the late 1980s. Probably the closest comparison here is the Michigan band Inserts from their first album (which was distributed in Japan, so I have to wonder if this band may have stumbled on the album) - which we featured a long while ago.

The AC adds more info: "It's actually not a private release, but on Pneuma's (Trembling Strain, Takami, etc.) LLE label, which also released the original Lacrymosa EP and a bunch of other underground stuff in the 80s, including those really cool Takami albums. In fact, the drummer in Saisei is the same guy from Lacrymosa, and I think the guitarist was in Golden Avant-Garde, so there's a definite connection with Chihiro S., even though he's not on the album himself." He also states regarding the Act Min Tanaka on the label: "Min Tanaka is a famous butoh dancer, and I remember learning that the band apparently had some kind of association with him, performing in one of his dance studios or something."

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