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Album Review

What the locations of prominent areas of Manhattan have to do with rap, let alone such a fierce interplay between such dynamic performers, isn't the question at hand here. What the proper question should be is: why did it take so long to get them together for a session? The interplay between Keiji Haino and Yoshida Tatsuya is simply incredible throughout this album's nine compositions, running through textbook rudimentary dynamic shifts like they were instinctive while somehow creating a wall of noise that is unique and refreshing. The call and response between the kit and guitar can get tiresome at times, and this isn't exactly something to be filed under easy listening. But with involved and attentive listening, New Rap can grab you by the ears and refuse to let go.


Born: May 3, 1952 in Chiba, Japan

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When attempting to describe what Keiji Haino does to a guitar, the verb "play" seems terribly insufficient. Mauling might be a more appropriate choice, maybe even destroying. Regardless, whether as a solo performer, a collaborator, or leading his tremendous trio Fushitsusha, Haino has been leading the loud, free-form, noise-loaded guitar movement in Japan for well over four decades. He remains virtually unknown to mainstream audiences or to the average guitar enthusiast, but his music is beautiful,...
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