Double Agents: Live in Japan, Vol. 2

Charles Hayward

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Double Agents: Live in Japan, Vol. 2 Review

by Dean McFarlane

The second CD in this live trilogy by former This Heat drummer and vocalist Charles Hayward found him deep in improvisation territories with some of Japan's most fierce avant-garde artists. With Keiji Haino on guitar and voice, Otomo Yoshahide on turntables and samplers, German saxophonist Peter Brotzmann joins in the fold with a typically frightening performance, while the British drummer and his prodigy, Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida, beat angular patterns and flowing texture in tandem. Charles Hayward may well be the godfather of post-rock, as the influence of his work in This Heat can be heard through Tortoise, Jim O'Rourke, Shellac, and even Stereolab, yet in his solo work he proves that the only continuum in his music is unpredictability and invention. Hence, the fiery souls of Keiji Haino and Peter Brotzmann are fittingly selected collaborators for Hayward unhinged.