Kaneko Jutoku

Endless Ruins

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Jutok Kaneko is a considerably obscure figure in the Tokyo psychedelic rock scene who is somewhat lesser known than Keiji Haino, yet is a dead ringer for the dark guitarist for more reasons than appearance alone. His power trio Kosokuya bears many similarities to Haino's Fushitsusha, a sprawling guitar-driven space rock unit who released only three albums in their 24-year career that drew on Blue Cheer, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Guru Guru for inspiration. Additionally active in free improvisation circles in the Tokyo underground, his work in this field is also sparingly documented with a collaborative album with Rinji Fukuoka on Pataphisique. On his solo debut he delves into a dark place to summon every strain of vocal anguish, accompanied by his reverb-drenched fuzz guitar. Certainly on par with Keiji Haino's solo abstract exorcisms, this predominantly solo affair explores bleak and painful emotional depth with only electric guitar and voice. On two exceptional tracks he is propped up by the rhythm section of Takuya Nishimura of Che-SHIZU on bass and Koji Shimura of White Heaven and Mainliner fame to assist in pushing his apocalyptic noise guitar into deeper, even darker space. These moments come close to the psychedelic rock of Kosokuya's electrifying Ray Night: 1991-1992 Live.