Boomkat Product Review:
Inimitable French avant-garde unit Gol present a "music that stands for a post-nuclear shamanistic ritual for the irradiated days to come". Having established themselves as denizens of impeccable outsider taste thru collaborations with Ghédelia Tazartès, Ana-Maria Avram & Iancu Dumitrescu, and Charlemagne Palestine, among others in recent years, it's something of a revelation to hear them unaccompanied here. Conceptually, 'Anshin-on' is a threnody in two parts echoing the leaking reactor 06 of the Fukushima plant damaged in the 2011 Japanese tsunami. As far as we can tell it combines multiple recordings made between 2005 and 2012 at various locations in France, using their home-made electronics instruments to sound out primal, cryptic, yet sophisticated improvisations which morph and vault between one abstract vortex to the next with entirely unpredictable logic. There's probably more to be gleaned by the fact the centre label features an innocent-looking child with a plastic bag over its head and metal spindle thru its nose than we can tell you, save to say that as far as fractal, discombobulating avant-gardisms go, this is a real head-twister.