†††Void documents an incredible live set from the duo of guitarist/violinist Rinji Fukuoka (a member of psych rock heavies Majutsu Ni Niwa and Overhang Party) and former Overhang Party / Kousokuya member (and Musik Atlach owner) Sachiko, which went down at the Tokyo venue Koenji ShowBoat back in 2011. Consisting of a single half-hour track, Void is some primo nocturnal psychedelia, the performance slowly growing from out of a haze of distant murky vocalizations and echoing guitar overlaid with sheets of electrical hum, everything wrapped in a moldering shroud of reverb and delay.
††† Sachiko's seraphic voice is at the center of this spectral soundscape, stretched and smeared and sent looping and tumbling through the eerie twilight gloom that the duo summons up within the bowels of the club. Fukuoka eventually joins in as well, his deep, chanting moan drifting ghostlike over the looping, orchestral-sounding drift and suspended electronic drones, joined by washes of phantom radio static and endless prayer-bowl whirr. After awhile, this zoned-out performance eventually descends into even darker depths, as waves of smoldering bass, searing oscillator sweeps, malformed melodies and muted guitar clang all begin to enter the incandescent dronescape, which in its final moments shifts into a much more twisted and sinister ambience, scalded with bursts of abrasive noise and burnt-out electronics. A spellbinding piece of otherworldly psych-drone dragged out of the underworld, tinged with a lovely peripheral quality, the sound washed out and blooming with ethereal, half-formed melodies and Sachiko's spellbinding witch-shrieks, yet unfolding with the restrained feel of a funerary prayer, stretching out across the disc as a kind of eternal ghost-music that blends kosmische creepiness with an atmopshere of ancient dread that could easily serve as an aural backdrop to a scene from Hearn's Kwaidan. Fantastic. Produced as a professionally manufactured CDR, the disc comes housed in a simple foldover sleeve.