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NAZORANAI
Beginning To Fall In Line Before Me, So Decorously, The Nature Of All
That Must Be Transformed LP (Gatefold)
23
W25TH 02 / USA / 2017
Nazoranai is the supergroup of Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O'Malley. On the trio's third album, Beginning To Fall In Line Before Me, So Decorously, The Nature Of All That Must Be Transformed, Nazoranai explore two side-long tracks of superb abstraction. Ambarchi and O'Malley provide the perfect brute-rock rhythm section to Haino's wrecklessly pure expression through instrument and voice. Blurred noise, dark hurdy-gurdy and thunderous harmonics build an accretive mantra of jagged electricity. While Haino's extensive discography resists easy interpretation, he constantly challenges himself to further his art by channeling the unknown. Shifting from his native Japanese to English, he asks: "Do you still have a mystery?" This existential plea could apply to the artist's own deep inquisitions or stand to confront his audience about that which eludes their understanding.