ASTRO & SUZUKI JUNZO
Cosmic Blues Experience

SUZUKI JUNZO
November.10.2001

[Plunk's Plan, http://plunksplan.kir.jp/official/]

With every other band in Japan fighting for supremacy on the psychedelic bandwagon, another act has jumped into the game. Guitarist Suzuki Junzo strikes out with two releases on his newly formed Plunk's Plan label. Each one is more psychedelic than the next.
Astro is actually synth player Hiroshi Hasegawa. Together with Suzuki Junzo, they've formed a band, logically called Astro & Suzuki Junzo. Spread over three long pieces, their sole reason for existence is a deeper exploration of the drone. These guys jump at the chance to ramble on long motifs that are as emasculating as they are calm. Great thing about the drone I find, is that no matter what volume the music is played at, the music retains a stunning and calm quality about it. On "Tumbling Dream" Hasegawa lays down a jolting synth bed, while Junzo feeds his partner healthy doses of controlled feedback. As I listen to these guys variations on the drone, I can think of only one place - the space. Much of this stuff sounds so barren and absolutely life-less, the air seems to be sucked out of your ears as the music progresses. Modulations that Hasegawa uses are particularly interesting. Throughout the longish "Crack Star" [a pun on "Dark Star" perhaps?], he tests the waters with a crystalline, trickling analysis of his synth's prowess. As rough as the sounds tend to get at certain points, the duo prefers to speak to each other in subdued tones, rather than to let things rip at maximum volumes with wild abandon. If you like most things My Cat is an Alien have done over the last several years, I'm sure you'll love this. "Cosmic Blues Experience" is another serious contender in the space-age musical game.
Suzuki Junzo's "November.10.2001" is a CD-R release that features Junzo on electric guitar front and centre. The 26 minute live session tends to mine the blues territory with Junzo providing slabs of some really trodden vocals [all in Japanese]. When he turns intensity down a few notches as he does on the second track, the music takes on a pensive character. The chords are intricate, delicate and even come with a tinge of the lovely. When he wails, he wails with pain and when he strums the strings, you can feel his heart beating loudly on his sleeve. For honesty alone, he gets top marks for this album. Here's hoping there'll be many more to come in the future.

- Tom Sekowski


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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ Writing rhythms is easy - rozmowa z Stewart'em Walker'em
+ Regularity is the secret - wywiad z Jaumetic'em [Regular label]
+ Szybsze bicie serca - rozmowa z Patrycją Hefczyńską aka DJ Patrisią [Husky]
+ My fire is burning - wywiad z Hell'em [Gigolo Records]