October 03, 2010

Tasankokaiku - Shogun Kunitoki

Synth and organ driven blissed out minimalist repetitions in Terry Riley styled psych face off. Finland's Shogun Kunitoki hail from the always interesting Fonal Records roster (Paavoharju, Islaja, Kiila, Kemialliset Ystävät) and their 2006 debut Tasankokaiku trips and glides horizonward on gorgeous keyboard tones and breezy ring modulator dervishes propelled forward on low-key organic drums. Nothing short of a delight.

Trivia buffs will be reassured to learn that outfit's name comes from The Last Ninja: an action-adventure computer game first published in '87 for the Commodore 64 (Kunitoki, the evil Shogun of the Ashikaga Clan, has long envied the powers of the Ninja brotherhood and would do anything to acquire their knowledge. To this end, he has sworn an oath to their total destruction......apparently).

Home experimentalists will be thrilled that SK's online shop boasts the mystical shogun kunitoki strobe light DIY kit. Those crazy Finns.

Oddi wrth y brawd
sho nuff


David Elliott said...

Sounds good. Will listen.

Y Brawd said...


watched napoleon dynamite with the boy tonight. Damn its a good film. Nifty bit of Penguin Cafe Orchestra at the end too.