Label: EM Records – EM 1127LP Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation Country: Japan Released: 2014 Genre: Jazz, Rock Style: Post-Punk, Free Improvisation, Psychedelic Rock
With this release, we shine a light into the dark and yet strangely uplifting world of Inryo-fuen's early 80s wonderland: a surreal, adventurously analog, positively negative realm of freedom. Following the EM Records release of Inryo-fuen's enigmatic "Ho-Aku", "Early Years 1980-82" collects the band's earliest recordings, originally released on flexi and vinyl, here re-edited, remixed and remastered, available now on 12" vinyl and CD. With enlightening notes by band member Jun Harada providing historical background and recording information, stressing their love of improvisation and their ongoing quest for liberation, this is a landmark release, offering a glimpse into a hitherto inaccessible netherworld of the Tokyo/Yokohama post-punk underground.
The music here, all improvised, with many of the pieces recorded live, have an edge-of-the-world electricity, informed by the group's fascination with the Surrealist idea of Automatic Writing. The launch point is a brutalist, knuckle-dragging Conrad/Faust thug-riff featuring the hectoring rants of a stage-invading student activist, dramatically melded with the music by the sound engineer. From there we traverse manifold realms, variously propulsive andstatic, dense and pointillistic, menacing and whimsical, opaque and translucent. Inryo-fuen's searching use of the basic rock instrumentation of drums, bass and guitar is augmented by synthesizer and, on one piece, acoustic instrumentation. No overdubs, no vocals. Only sound and freedom. (mint / new)
Tracklist A1 Dakyo Sezu (Uncompromising) 8:40 A2 (Hammer Clock) 4:16 A3 Sora Yori Orite Kisi Mono (That Which Falls From The Sky) 11:00 B1 (Ground Rock) 23:50