Boomkat Product Review:
Kazuyuki Kishino's first solo disc for Touch, 'Fertile' finds the Japanese musician in typically noisy territory, chopping up distorted field recordings and heavy industrial beats and ending up with something sounding a little like Pan Sonic remixing Merzbow (or the other way round maybe?). This is an odd disc for Touch who aren't really known for their explorations into the outer realms of extreme noise, but it somehow sits perfectly in their lineup - KK Null is, after all a master of the genre rather than merely a young punk fan experimenting with a laptop for the first time. These tracks of well sculpted extreme synthesis embody the ghosts of industrial music, extreme rock and also, more surprisingly academic electronics and I suppose that's where Touch come in. Packaged somewhat deceptively with the usual gorgeous Jon Wozencroft photography, within seconds of the disc starting you know you're not in for a shimmering watery listening experience. Screaming noise hits you instantly before giving way to metallic clattering and oscillating tones and then building into the kind of pummelling cyclic noise-beats that Sahko made their own all those years ago. This might not be new territory for Kishino who has now been making loud noise since the early 90s, but here we find a musician who has honed his art, and in my opinion 'Fertile' is his most focused work to date. Fitting then that Touch have stepped in to take hold of the reigns, and by the time the disc comes to its ear-pummelling finale you will see that this fits surprisingly well next to Oren Ambarchi or Rosy Parlane. These other artists might not have the same desire to cause internal bleeding of the brain, but there is a similar philosophy in their sound experiments, a similar attention to detail that makes their work (and Null's) intensely listenable. A good starting point for Null beginners and an essential purchase for seasoned fans 'Fertile' is a stunning piece of work. Highly recommended.