Thursday, March 24, 2011
On September 1, 1923, the great Kantō earthquake (関 東 大 震 災), struck the Kantō plain on the Japanese main island of Honshū. First hand accounts reported the duration of the earthquake at between 4 & 10 minutes, believed to be 7.9 on the Richter scale. The power & intensity managed to move a 121 ton statue of Buddha almost two feet. An estimated 100,000 to 140,000 people lost their lives. In present day Japan, September 1 is Disaster Prevention Day. Schools, & both public & private organizations host disaster drills. Because of these practices, the Japanese people were more prepared than most populations for the current disaster.
Karasyozoku’s debut release, Mischievous Sigyn 1923 is based on this natural disaster as well as the political & social events that accompanied it. This is the second release from Lust Vessel in the new wave of Japanese noise. It is a mixture of terrifying heavy electronics, de-constructed organ, tortured female vocals mixed with various field recordings. It has elements of Musique Concrète & old school industrial. It could easily be the horrifying soundtrack of past or current events in Japan. Not for the squeamish.
Karasyozoku is made up of three members: Dr. Torikabuto; Kichi; & Annoying Labia. All tracks were recorded & mixed late 2007 at Sacred Lust Studio. It was released on cassette with a A5 sized 14 page booklet with photos & lyrics, limited to 150 copies, currently out of print.
Year of Release: 2008
Label: Lust Vessel LV#002
Genre: J-noise, Industrial, Musique Concrete
Side A -
Sigyn Turned the Basin Over Her Husband at Last
Strayers Seek Crowd, Even Though They Don't Have the Reason
Balm from the Crucible of Corpses
Side B -
Fact is More Horrible than Drama
To Be or Not to Be; Criminals as Existence
Die Todesfalle und die Dirnen
Download: Karasyozoku - Mischievous Sigyn 1923 cassette
Download Size: 113MB