Nov 23, 2016

Moenai Hai (2016)

Juntaro Yamanouchi returns after disappearing for fifteen years and out comes Moenai Hai. It all begins with laughter which heard in light of the imagined Juntaro-the-person could either be life-affirming (a welcome back to the world of the living) or alienating (when we begin to think who or what caused the laughter). Surrounded by its sparse and tense ambient pieces is the fifteen minute The Gerogerigegege, an unexpected statement of intent from the officially living Juntaro which also happens to be the year's most beautiful guitar piece. The others might be private despair pulled from recordings of public spaces, but this one is performed to feel and to stir feelings in the listener as well- it is impossibly destructive but also pleading, desperate, and alive