Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Word Or Two About The New Album From Nazoranai

The new album from Nazoranai, Beginning To Fall In Line Before Me, So Decorously, The Nature Of All That Must Be Transformed, is out tomorrow on Superior Viaduct. It is a challenging record of what some would call "extreme" music, but it's also a brave and fairly-accessible release from this super-group of sorts.

Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi, and Stephen O’Malley are Nazoranai. Haino is in the Japanese band Fushitsusha, while Ambarchi is a leading figure in Australia's heavy rock scene, and O’Malley is from Sunn O))), a band that's got its own multitudes of fans of its brand of drone rock. There are only 2 tracks on this album and neither one has a title beyond Part 1 and Part 2. Each track is about 22 or so minutes long and each is distinctive and, simultaneously, a perfect match to the other section, like a loop that can keep going into infinity. If Part 1 is more like Fripp, a lengthy exploration next to and over top of a metallic squeal, then Part 2 is more Mogwai, rhythmic bits undulating in waves until moments of release.

A superb exploration in sound, Beginning To Fall In Line Before Me, So Decorously, The Nature Of All That Must Be Transformed, is out tomorrow on Superior Viaduct. Nazoranai are making music on another level here, and attentive and appreciative listeners should rejoice for that.

[Photo: Superior Viaduct]