Boomkat Product Review:
Japanese drummer Tatsuhiro Yamamoto transitions from tip-of-tongue minimalism to computer noise and roiling widescreen scapes in a spellbinding 35’ work for the Superpang series
Highly regarded for his work with everyone from Jim O’Rourke to Phew, Keiji Haino and Oren Ambarchi, here Yamamoto plays to the theatric side of his talents with an immersive single piece that makes room for a varied palette of sounds that explore the extent of his background as drummer. He spends the first 14 minutes or so at the threshold of perception, teasing out a lingering, resonant decay from melodic steel drum strokes that feel like we’re sinking in extreme slow motion, gradually gathering a head of more nagging metallic rhythms around the mid-way point, and shredding out into decimated patter and silence in a dramatic mid section.
The final part feels to resonate with Keiji Haino’s most etheric ventures, bending resonant drones around a serpentine drum line with a ritualist feel evoking Japanese stage plays as much as some kind of Holy Mountain-esque desert atmosphere, with thanks to Riki Hidaka’s lonesome, searching guitar tendrils.