Prior to the November 10th release of Nazoranai‘s second album, the most painful time happens only once has it arrived already..?, you can witness footage from the moment the recordings took root. Performed at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) centre on July 9th 2013 and recorded by Chris Fullard, the most painful time… tracks the formidable trio, comprising Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O’Malley, and their horizonless route through masterfully executed rock improvisation.
Watch video footage of Nazoranai performing at CBSO, Birmingham, July 9th 2013 below:
The opening track you should look closely those shattered spells never attaining embodiment as prayer they are born here again hurtles the listener straight in the abyss with an epic 18 plus minutes off apocalyptic free rock. This is music on the threshold, a searing landscape where soaring guitars circle amongst a pounding minimal tribal rhythm. will not follow your hoax called history lurches out at the listener offering a hand as a guide for this invented netherworld. The multi limbed who is making the time rot documents our hosts in absolute freeform mode, wildly rummaging the remains of exploded structure. Finally the title track swings the pendulum back to earth in the guise of structure, base, rhythm and song. Hovering between annihilation and brutality the most painful time happens only once has it arrived already..? is a sonic sinkhole where the unrestrained improvised peaks are indelibly stamped with the unique traits deployed by these three titians of rock and experimentation (Mark Harwood, August 2014).
Keiji Haino (of Fushitsusha) is a big part of the history of the experimental music of Japan with work spanning free improvisation, rock, noise, singer-songwriter, psychedelia, minimalism and drone. Working mostly with guitar and vocals his performances are intensely cathartic sonic events. Stephen O’Malley is the guitarist and founder of numerous seminal groups including Sunn O))), Khanate and Burning Witch. Oren Ambarchi is a multi-instrumentalist performer working outside conventional approaches to instruments and structure. He has collaborated with the likes of Jim O’Rourke, Sunn O))), Charlemagne Palestine, John Tilbury.
When these three musicians come together as Nazoranai, they form a rich mix of unpredictable and explosive sounds, that are both thrilling and challenging. Pre-orders are available HERE and you can also listen to an excerpt of you should look closely those shattered spells… below:
Source: Rarely Unable
Caligraphy by: Keiji Heino
Photo Credit: Peter Davidson