12 May 2010

Koenji Hyakkei - Hundred Sights of Koenji

高円寺百景 (Koenji Hyakkei) - Hundred Sights of Koenji
Label: Sking Graft Records
Country: Japan
Released: 1994
Genre: Progressive Rock
Style: Zehul

Masterminded by human dynamo Tatsuya Yoshida, drummer and vocalist extrordinaire of Ruins and at least ten other groups at any given moment, this is the logical culmination of years spent elaborating on various aspects of zeuhl music, a remarkable French music tradition developed in the wake of the legendary Magma employing equal parts Orff-ian choral bombast, fusion jazz dexterity and the overcharged emotionalism of gospel. It incorporates wildly elaborate vocal patterns and chants in their own invented language (an homage to Magma's Kobaian dialect) churn, intertwine and somersault in and around almost every note here. As this progresses, and the energy levels soar higher and higher, this passes from the brilliant into the realm of the truly sublime. Outstanding album, one of my top 20 favorite albums of all time most definitely.

1 Ioss (3:56)
2 Doi Doi (5:40)
3 Molavena (4:36)
4 Gepek (4:04)
5 Yagonahh (traditional) (3:49)
6 Ozone Fall (4:38)
7 Zhess (2:11)
8 Zoltan (4:20)
9 Avedumma (7:23)
10 Sunna Zarioki (4:51)


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