Boomkat Product Review:
The rarely paralleled trio reconvene for an engrossing fourth album: six recordings made at their yearly concert at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo, January , 2012. Joined by esteemed company, Charlemagne Palestine and Eiko Ishibashi, the core trio spread out further and more succinctly than ever before, oscillating assuredly between ghostly minimalism, feathered jazz fusion and gnarled "cave-man rock". The album opens with Palestine stirring spectral tones from wine glasses, soon joined by the floating vocal presence of Haino and Ishibashi communing in midair until Haino cuts through with pealing guitar chords and a subbass looms, seemingly from nowhere. Next, Haino picks up his flute and they change shape to a quietly spirited jazz fusion sound almost defined more by the space between their notes than the notes themselves, and soon enough they converge on the heavy stuff, O'Rourke swangin' serious bass heft under the tensest drum crashes and claw-handed riffage. We could maybe do without the "funkier" mid-section bit, 'A new radiance springing forth from inside the light', but that small issue is resolved with the stomach-tightening ten minute swagger of 'Even That Still Here And Unwanted Can You And I Love It? Just Like Us It Was Born Here Too', and a brief but poignant doom ambient close. Recommended.