Boomkat Product Review:
Eiko Ishibashi cuts loose on Superpang’s lockdown series with a surprising bout of churning rufige and whirligig tronics. Always good, isnt she?
Following up 2020’s ‘Orbit’ Eiko becomes the second artist on the series after EVOL to return for more with ’Tokyo 2021,’ which could almost be the soundtrack to an avant-gymnastics for E-sports event at the Olympics. It sounds quite unlike anything we’ve heard from the highly adept improvisor, singer-songwriter and collaborator with everyone from Jim O’Rourke to K2 before, following her urges for oblique rhythms and experimental sound-scaping for 30 minutes of rudely lurching, skewed hip hop and salty electronics.
In one single, durational strip of moebius-looping and shapeshifting textures, Eiko’s moves recall rugged late ‘90s Autechre via the mulch of Madteo and cranky, ferrous klang of her collaborator Kusafuka Kimihide (K2, Techno Menses), holding a jagged line between frazzled discord and pangs of more blissful euphoria, which the beat lurching in and out of focus from mechanical rotor jawed flay to totally submerged, and with a brilliant balance of unpredictable and gratifying logic that may shake up preconceptions of Eiko’s style.