Haruspices Under New Management Vengeance is Dancing In einer Minute Und ich werde nicht mehr sehen At Last I Am Free Time Running Out Bonus Track This was the way it was Remember Old Gods Philosophy 1 Gut Start the show A screaming comes across the sky They go in under archways They have begun to move Time gets faster It's never quiet I might be able to create one in the future, though.
The relationship between Tolman and Shinoda extends back four decades to a time when they happened to live in the same building. Exhibitions of her work almost invariably involve him, and it was at one of these at the Conrad Hotel in Tokyo last year that he was approached by representatives from Kitte, the arm of Japan Post that makes postage stamps.
Both are very much products of their time, RIO meeting post punk experimentalism, and both see former members of Henry Cow engaging with new developments in music and remaining progressive in the truest sense of the word.
Tracks 1 - 6, which took up disc 1, are relatively accessible and feature most of the album's vocals. Christoph Anders does not sing the lyrics so much as declaim them, and in some cases it sounds like he's reading them aloud for the first time, although somehow this fits quite nicely with the general aesthetic of the music.
As Sean Trane mentioned in his review the stand out is probably Our Colourful Culture, which was set to music which had already been composed. It tears along at a frantic pace and is oddly reminiscent of some of Robert Wyatt's more uptempo numbers - perhaps it's the jazzy piano and feverish drumming.
The second half of the album is mostly instrumental none of Cutler's lyrics are used and moves deep into the free improvisation side of RIO that Henry Cow and Zammla Mammaz Manna explored a few years previously. These pieces are sometimes hard work, especially the 16 minute title track, but there are moments which make it worth persevering with, especially Django vergibt and Die Verunreinigung des Flusses ist gerade noch ertraeglich which were on side 4 of the vinyl original; Die Verunreinigung Man or Monkey ultimately promises a little more than it actually delivers, but even without the dense and difficult title track there is still a vinyl album's worth of good and occasionally inspired 80s RIO with some superb playing.
The unorthodox, improvisation based approach was always going to be risky, and it's a testimony to the skill of all concerned that so much of the resulting music worked so well. The idea behind this record was to enter the studio with only a handful ofv text and lyrics ready and it was up to singer's Ander's discretion or needs to use them, with only one set of lyrics being adapted to an already-established music, the Carribean-laced Colourful Culture, which happens to be one of the better tracks on the album along with Red Shadow.
A Time Out critic wrote, "Cassiber play as if they only have a minute left to live. In Anders and Harth had a punk band in Frankfurt am Main. Their approach was to "improvise 'completed pieces'", that is "to attempt spontaneously to produce already structured and arranged material". For the next ten years Cassiber toured Asia and North America and appeared at almost every major festival in Europe. Their live performances generally consisted of new pieces invented in real time, plus pieces from their albums played spontaneously without having learnt or rehearsed them.
Harth left Cassiber in and the goup continued as a trio. In their last year they invited guests to perform with them, including Hannes Bauer and Dietmar Diesner.
The other disc comprised re-workings of the concert material by turntablist Otomo Yoshihide, who had been in the audience for the original concerts. The album recorded Shinoda's last performance he died soon after Cassiber left Japan and Cassiber's penultimate performance as a group. The material by Yoshihide was Ground Zero's valedictory project. All the tunes except for "At Last I Am Free" Nile Rogers cover are taken from 1st album and played pretty different form and deeply improvised. Unfortunately it cut outed in the middle, though.
Posted by Liborio at AM No comments:. Proclamation Funny Ways Nothing At All including drum solo Good Times Bad Times Ramble On Black DogAug 17, · bravo juju said. Disc 2: "Cassiber Live in Tokyo" Re-mixed by Ground-Zero 1. Across the Sky #1 () 2. O Cure @ Me () 3. Gutt () 4. Across the Sky #2 () 5. (a) Across the Sky #3; (b) At Last I Am Free; (c) Across the Stars () Track 1: Music by Cassiber, Masami Shinoda, Otomo Yoshihide, and Tatsuki Masuko Otomo Yoshihide: turntables, CD-J, hard-disk recorder Tatsuki.