Keiji Haino

Watashi Dake?

Formats:
LP Vinyl Ltd.
Condition:
New
Media:
Mint
Sleeve:
Mint
Cat No:
BE-000
Availability:
In Stock
Price:
40.00 €
Available from:
02/07/2021
Decade:
80's
Description:

Keiji Haino’s classic debut album available on vinyl for the first time since 1981 and for the first time ever as originally intended by the artist- in a special gold and silver edition.

Over the last fifty years few musicians or performers have created as monumental and uncompromising a body of work as that of Keiji Haino. Through a vast number of recordings and performances Haino has staked out a ground all his own- creating a language of unparalleled intensity that defies any simple classification. For all this, his 1981 debut album Watashi Dake? has remained enigmatic. Originally released in a small edition by the legendary Pinakotheca label, the album was heard by only a select few in Japan and far fewer overseas. Original vinyl copies became impossibly rare and highly sought after the world over.

Watashi Dake? presents a haunting vision – stark vocals, whispered and screamed, punctuate dark silences. Intricate and sharp guitar figures interweave, repeat and stretch, trance-like, emerging from dark recesses. Written and composed on the spot – Haino’s vision is one of deep spiritual depths that distantly evokes 1920’s blues and medieval music- yet is unlike anything ever committed to record before or since. Coupled with starkly minimal packaging featuring the now iconic cover photographs by legendary photographer Gin Satoh, the album is a startling and fully realized artistic statement.