Suishou no Fune Writhing Underground Flowers
Just released by New Mexico’s Lotus Sound label, Suishou no Fune have a new album out, Writhing Underground Flowers. Packaged in a really swank heavy cardboard sleeve like a mini-gatefold, this time the group is pared back to the core duo of Pirako and Kageo. With no drummer, we get three extended drone tracks based around their ultra-heavy guitars and Pirako’s intermittent vocals. As before, her vocals are more like an additional instrument than voice, blending into the overall reverb-drenched atmosphere.
The biggest surprise here is the harmonica, which Pirako adds into the mix during the middle song, “A Midnight Ode – Like The Wind” to surreal, tripped-out effect. With Kageo contributing bursts of guitar scrape and blare, the harmonica mixes into things in an unexpected way, like a drunk bluesman trapped in a Fushitsusha song: if he keeps on playing, maybe it’ll turn out okay. And of course it does.
Three long songs, totaling to an hour of dark, droning, cavernous guitar bliss.