Buzz or Howl + Astro - Western Mystery School (Lotushouse)
This collaboration was born at the UFO Club in Tokyo. Buzz or Howl (Bruce McKenzie and Eric Nielsen) met Astro (Hiroshi Hasegawa) through mutual friend Junzo Suzuki. after a face-melting set by that duo and a celebratory, raucous set by Bruce and Eric's other band Maquiladora (with Phil Beaumont) - during which they were joined by Saya and Ueno from the Tenniscoats and Koji Shimura from Acid Mothers Temple and White Heaven - music was exchanged and plans were hatched to combine forces somehow. The music Astro took home that night was by Buzz or Howl, a fierce improvisatory psychedelic duo from southern California, using guitars, violin, synth, and lapsteel to create long tracks exploring time and tide. And tone. Through continuously evolving, fugue-like riffage drone and feedback.
For the purposes of this collaboration a new instrumentation was found. After an initial flirtation with guitars, the Californians decided on a markedly more pastoral direction and an arabo-andalusian flavor for the music they had been given. Over two tracks of Astro's synth textures the same instrumentation - mandolin, strum stick, and voices, - is radically transformed by electricity. Track one is spare and celestial, a delicate acoustic track that employs spare free improvisation and a repeating ancient-sounding chord progression as a basis for both Astro's sonic flights and a lilting wordless melody. Track two explodes with feedback and a crunching assault develops from exactly the same elements, electrified. One would never know that the sonic roar is created by electric mandolin and modified vocals atop brother Astro's synthesizer. Musical imaginations have reached across the pacific for this combination of filigree and mutilation.
Limited release (220 hand numbered) double sided silk screen with a black on black silk screened disc (CDR).
1. Nine Months More I Am Happy Suffer Is In My Life (Incubation Remix)
2. The Sins Of The Flower Are Visited On The Shunned