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Derek Bailey & Keiji Haino


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(1996 – 1996)

English / guitar pioneer Derek Bailey and Japanese / Keiji Haino (灰野敬二) came together in the studio during November of 1996.

“Drawing Close, Attuning - The Respective Signs Of Order And Chaos” was released in Japan in 1997. Songs, with Haino performing vocals only, wasn’t released until later in 2000 on Incus Records.

Reviewer François Couture of had this to say about the album:

“Singing” is too pale a word to describe the Japanese prince of darkness’ vocals. He grunts, screams, and wails; he murmurs, chants, and praises, pushing the whole scope of human (and a few inhuman) emotions across without uttering a single decipherable word. Ritual incantation, primal scream therapy, and sound poetry experiments — they’re all in there, part of Haino’s incredible performance. It is tempting to compare this with singers like Jaap Blonk, Anna Homler, or Paul Dutton, but the Japanese’s art operates outside the field of conscious research — it comes closer to an atavistic form of expression. As for Bailey, he improvises strings of notes on his electric guitar, providing the tortuous background one would expect for such songs. Not particularly inspired, he delivers an average performance, nothing more, or maybe he simply wanted the spotlight to remain on Haino. The music takes the form of short pieces, 16 in 42 minutes. Most are kept within one to three minutes long; a handful approach the five-minute barrier.

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