Recently, thanks to Brett Savage of Dead Sea Apes, I was introduced to the sonic delight that is Haikai No Ku’s “Ultra High Dimensionality” – when I saw that sister-band Blown Out were about to release “Drifting Way Out Between Suns”, I knew I had to have more of that sound in my life.
My brain, what there is of it, paints pictures, usually cinematic approximations of what I hear, and in the case of Haikai No Ku and Blown Out, I am immediately, transcendentally conveyed to the Do Long Bridge scene in Apocalypse Now…
I was already a huge fan of Hendrix when I first saw the movie on video as a teenager, so the Hendrix inspired, Randy Hansen scored bridge scene remains indelibly seared onto my hippocampus.
I would however beg to differ with the generalisation, that the aurality of Haikai No Ku or Blown Out is “apocalyptic” – at least in the narrow sense of the word.
What that particular scene and this music effectively portray for me, is a reality so profound that it is often erroneously described as surreal, when in actuality it is more akin to the hyperreal.
Surreal for me is an overused term, a handy pigeon hole for those too lazy to look beyond their comfort zone.
The apocalypse has become an imagined, hackneyed biblical term for the end of days. It is in fact the prophetic disclosure or revelation of the here and now, to be seen by the willing and embraced.
As Huxley postulated, “the man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out.”
“Drifting Way Out Between Suns” transmits you through that door and beyond the realms of inner and outer space, it is a place of peace and tranquility, leaving you floating effortlessly, soulful and serene.
e.e. cummings, with whom I share a healthy disdain for the orhtography of capitlalisation, wrote “the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself”.
Feeling is everything, there is no light without shade nor doom without absolution, live it, seize feeling for the friend it truly is…
If you do not feel more alive and energised on listening to this record, do yourself a favour and have someone check for a pulse.
“Drifting Way Out Between Suns”, comprising the title track on side A and “Quantum Shift On Plague Mothership” on side B, is released by Riot Season Records and is available now for pre-order, shipping will commence in early November.
Blown Out is the amalgam of Mike Vest (Bong, 11 Paranoias, Haikai No Ku, Basillica) on Guitar, John-Michael Hedley (Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs) on Bass and Matt Baty (Khünnt & Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs) on Drums.