With an approach to his instrument described as "Japanese old stone age style" (or the somewhat misleading term 'noise shakuhachi') Orimo might be said to be working on the fringes (of the fringes) of Japan's broadly defined 'psychedelic' scene.
That said one could ask if Siwa's motives here might not just be a case of trying to peddle 'the hated music' behind a veil of blatant exoticism.
Sabu however does not limit his sonic palette to the shakuhachi but includes ecstatic vocal outburst, growls, howl s and hisses, which explains to some extent his new approach to the sonic outcome of shakuhachi playing.
A modern day master in the making, Sabu is someone to watch out for and this privately released tape by him will definitely stun you with disbelief because he transcends the idea of what a solo shakuhachi recording should sound like.
This one will appeal to all of you insomniacs out there.
Needles to say, this beauty is hideously rare and just never turns up here due to totally bummed sales at the time and the marginal public it was catering to, making that maybe only a handful are still in circulation today (while the remainder of the initial pressing was sadly enough but probably hoarded of to a near dumpster to get incinerated).
Recommended for all of you hyper rare vinyl enthusiasts, borderline music and just plain weirdness lovers. SAINT STEVEN: “Over The Hills” (Probe – CPLP-4506) (Record: Excellent ~ Near Mint, one hairline on side A/ gatefold Jacket: Near Mint).
Top copy, housed in clean mint jacket without any drill hole and such.
Recorded by Orimo in 2007-2008 and played on unlacquered natural bamboo flutes.The recordings made by this 23 year old shakuhachi blower are all utterly unique and some refer to his sonic outpour as - playing as “Japanese old stone age style” and “noise shakuhachi”.This should already give you a hint at the sonic realms he set out to shred to pieces.But at the time of this recording, Abe was just a struggling and largely unknown doctor and hypnotist who recorded this one oddity for Union Records.As might be expected, he tries on this recording to convince you of his powers, drowsing you off into a deep slumber as well as demonstrating his ability.Still that is not all that goes on and while Abe is doing his thing, there is quite some submerged musical activity going on in the background.