À Qui Avec Gabriel | Tori Kudo 10 inch LP 情趣演歌 [Enka Mood Collection]
Split 10 inch LP ltd to 200, comes in a silkscreened gatefold cover with colored obi, insert + postcards…
Second in the enka collection series on An’archives after Jojo Hiroshige & Shiraishi Tamio, this split LP features
A Qui Avec Gabriel and Tori Kudo
À Qui Avec Gabriel is an accordion player based in Tokyo who opened her discography with “Utsuho” on John Zorn’s label Tzadik in 2001 ( featuring Haino Keiji as a guest musician) . Since she has collaborated with Makoto Kawabata, Majutsu No Niwa, Mico to name a few. Her stylistic palette is eclectic, drawing on shades of jaunty european folk music, the elegant minimalism of Erik Satie, and uniquely lighthearted melancholia.
Here for the first time on record she left her accordion Gabriel for a piano and a seat and proves she’s found her own voice as an expressive singer.
The other side features Tori Kudo (Maher Shalal Hash Baz and Noise with his wife Reiko Kudo) who has a revered status in the Japanese underground since the late 70’s (Taco, Guys N’ Dolls, Fushitsusha…) but this time he brings listeners into the heart of an amazing and feverish karaoke house with his friends . For those who didn’t know it before, maybe for the very first time they are going to discover Tori Kudo as an inimitable & unforgettable singer & crooner, as a true lover of popular songs.
Yokohama No Shadows
DYIN’ GHOST RECORDS DYIN’ GHOST 04 CD (2013)
After the Shinjuku Blues… and 2011’s Kyoto No Tsuki c.d.r.s on the Dyin’ Ghost label, French improv guitarist and lap-steeler Michel Henritzi‘s Yokohama No Shadows comes as the latest (and perhaps the last?) in a series of releases that fall “under Japanese influence”. This one-time PSF, Tochnit Aleph recording artist and label boss of the long-expired A Bruit Secret imprint, has, with edition number three, continued with a stinging, yet mournful playing style that faithfully pursues (in duo and solo set-ups), a smokey, blues-infused worldview. Now clearly in de-clawed and de-fanged mode; the head-reaming uglitudes of the Dustbreeders and their dalliances with screaminatrix Junko, now seeming like some strange aberration. It’s a Jekyll and Hyde syndrome type thing – I’ve seen it all before.
Save for a small number of melancholic, low key chansons from A Qui Avec Gabriel (“Rainy Day”, “Sakura”), Akiko Hatana (“Karada No Kai Kage”) and Michel on “Dance”, that chin on the floor feeling, captured with stark production values in Tokyo and Henritzi’s birthplace of Metz, has certainly found access to all areas. That includes “Yokohama’s” eleven instrumental vignettes; from the title track to “Yokohama No Tsuki”, which remind me (in part) of the terrain covered by Utech’s Suzuki Junzo and/or Shizuka’s work on PSF.
It appears here, that misery loves company – under three flags mind… that’s Franco/Japanese sensibilities meshing perfectly to evoke the mournful longing found in the arrangements of the Portuguese fado songform.
by Steve Pescott in SOUND PROJECTOR MAGAZINE
Dustbreeders & JUNKO live at LUFF 2014
Sister Iodine fêtait les 20 ans de leur premier disque "ADN 115", premier opus d'une jeunesse enragée et insolente qui prenait plaisir à saturer l'air de Paris à grande dépense de feedback, tête dans les amplificateurs. 20 ans après ses 3 acteurs (Lionel Fernandez/Erik Minkkinen/Laurent Mazet) incendiaient les Instants Chavirés dans un set fièvreux et mercurien. Corps de guitares caressées dans des danses sensuelles et érotiques, implosion sonique des sens et des oreilles. Blast !
En ouverture on jouait Dustbreeders et la grande dame du shriek : Junko, pour un hommage appuyé à nos hotes d'une nuit électrique, une metal machine music cacophonique et jouissive. (pic. Patrick Boeuf)
We had been on tour with Junko and Dustbreeders. Some live's duos and free time to walk in Rotterdam, Antwerpen, Nantes, Bourges and Angers. It is still great experience to play with her. She pushes us to go more far inside ourselves. We could been to record in studio (Kevin studio from Le Singe Blanc) for a record project with Dustbreeders. Each time she is amazing.
- 13.12.14 O'DEATH JUG at HECTOLITER, BRUXELLES
- 19.12.14 YVES BOTZ & MICHEL H. at TOTEM, MAXEVILLE (BRUITISME LAST EDITION)