TIP OF THE TONGUE 24 AUGUST 2014
Keiji Haino/Masataka Fujikake Duo
Full Design Records FDR-1026
Stunning second Japan-only album from the duo of Keiji Haino on electric guitar and vocals and Masataka Fujikake on drums: Fujikake comes out of the whole Null/Tabata/Zeni Geva end of gravity defying Japanese metal and it suits Haino just fine, pushing him into some of his most purely euphoric Fushitsusha-scale six string bulldozing. Not much vocals on here, as the feel is more akin to The Caution Appears-era Fushitsusha, but Haino’s playing is really lyrical while still being pulverising. He generates these amazing repeat-looping patterns that zag between Beefheart, Royal Trux and motorik avant garage before just laying waste to the whole deal with endlessly peaking solos or cranking, time-staggered riffs. Fujikake keeps pushing Haino the whole way, playing weird tonal tattoos one minute and just all-out rocking the bandstand the next. But really, this goes beyond their first meeting considerably and makes for the perfect blueprint of what a duo guitar/drums post-Ozawa Fushitsusha might sound like. In other words, staggering. We’re pretty much blown away by this at VT, easily one of the top ten Haino releases and a mandatory purchase if you really wanna understand just what alla the fuss is over Haino’s total reinvention of rock dynamics. Highest possible recommendation!!