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ARTIST
TITLE
Astral Projection
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
PSF 150CD PSF 150CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
1/19/2004

Munehiro Narita: (guitar); Shoji Hano: (drums). "Back at the dawn of the eighties, several years before the inception of High Rise, foot-down speed-freakin' guitarist Munehiro Narita had another unit which he called Kyoaku No Intention (Worst Intentions). Usually comprising just himself on electric guitar and a drummer, they cranked out some of the hardest hitting no-wave rock-improv of the time, analogous to very little apart from perhaps a more Neu-shackled version of the Doug Snyder/Bob Thompson 'Daily Dance' duo. Documentation was, unfortunately, minimal. That was until a couple of years ago when, with High Rise in one of their periods of dormancy, Narita decided to revive the name for some solo and collaborative shows around Tokyo. One of those gigs was with drummer Shoji Hano, and the combination of his resonant power and free-jazz inflected propulsion with the stinging, icicle-edge attack of Narita's guitar proved to be so explosive that the duo has now become a regular unit. On their second album for PSF, Narita and Hano are caught live in Tokyo a mere three months ago. Hano is always inventive around the kit, but he knows that crazed flail is just as valid in certain contexts as textural subtlety. Narita too was never one for treating the guitar as an ambient paintbrush, and his soloing here is as splattered and nerve-shreddingly exciting as ever. This is a brutal, consistently thrilling, cold fusion sound that makes little allowance for weak constitutions. Oh yeah." -- Alan Cummings