Monday, September 18, 2006
Les Rallizes Denudes
Les Rallizes Denudes was the vehicle for guiterrorist Mizutani Takashi’s psychotic feedback drenched overdrive from 1969 – 1996. Tales of intense light shows, association with radical politics and one member’s involvement in an airline hijacking surround them. Existing in the shadows of the Japanese psych scene and releasing no official recordings have turned them into mysterious legends. All of this also makes them a sonic freak’s wet dream and their music seems to only be found now amongst file-swappers and bloggers. I’ve seen the excellent Heavier Than a Death in the Family and the recent reissue of ’77 Live make appearances on other sites, but never this 7” given away with Etc. magazine in 1996. Fallin’ In Love is one of Mizutani’s more restrained moments (and that’s not saying much, actually) with a gorgeous drone that stops me dead whenever I hear it. The flip, Now Eternally sounds like it's edited from a larger piece. More typical of the Denudes sound, it starts out in the red and pretty much stays there as the rhythm section lays down a heavy krautrock groove for Mizutani to blast his trademark shards over, then it's all over too soon.