Boomkat Product Review:
Ueno is one of the Tenniscoats' core members, and he's no stranger to room40, who issued the band's Totemo Aimasho album last year. For this new solo release, Ueno plays 12-string acoustic guitar and Moog ring modulator, accessing a sound that's partially informed by the abstract solo improvisations of Derek Bailey, yet is equally indebted to early electronic music. Across nine tracks and forty-two minutes Ueno plots out strings of weird, sonorous string plucking, almost indistinguishable as music that's been derived from something so commonplace and conventional as a guitar. The idea of a musician spending three-quarters of an hour noodling his way through unrecognisably effects-warped passages might sound an entirey unlike anything resembling fun - and on paper this does sound like an absolute bore, as if listening to someone testing out guitar pedals in a music shop on a sleepy Saturday afternoon. In practice Sui-Gin is vastly more interesting though, approaching solo guitar music from a fresh angle and mercifully avoiding the dog-eared conventions of Takoma-derived instrumentals. The end result of these improvisations is something that's surprisingly beautiful and harmonically intricate, in the loveliest possible sense. Highly Recommended.