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ARTIST
TITLE
Land Of Prayer
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
PSF 105CD PSF 105CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/16/1998

"Deep and cracked, raw Outsider Folk from the deepest depths of rural Japan. First PSF release by a name that will be unknown to most of you. Shuji Inaba has had one previous self-released CD (Innen Kaho) on his own Planktone label two or three years ago. That record was notable for its out-of-nowhere trembling, almost theatrical intensity of emotional virulence. Inaba lives in rural Shimane on the Japan Sea coast of western Japan, and has apparently been playing for the last ten or so years. That, it seems, as much as anyone knows about him. Sonically Inaba is very much out of the Kan Mikami (indeed Inaba's vocals are close enough in places to deceive the casual observer) school of one-man-against-the-universe, guttural outsider folk. Dripping with melancholy, his lyric concerns would seem to be of the environmentalism/ghetto mother/Hiroshima issue-driven ilk, though with a finer than most eye for the telling image. What sets this release apart is a consummate PSF sense of music fully-inhabited, of individuality and emotional purity. That it comes from an unknown voice from the boondocks is testament that the genius-impulse that gave rise to Mikami and Tomokawa still flares in secret. Great skewed folk percussion on a couple of tracks too." -- Alan Cummings