Shuji Inaba

Land of Prayer

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Extremely raw folk from the fringes of Japan's psychedelic scene, Shuji Inaba is an obscure troubadour in the mould of Kan Mikami and Kozuki Tomokawa, and on this album he creates anabstract form of folk that is explosively improvisational and highly emotive. Accompanying his own cracked voice is a guitar technique as rough-cut and inspired as Jandek or Syd Barrett, and, on a couple of tracks, raw percussive bashing make this primitive affair reach even further outside the outsider realms into positively deranged territory. For those with a taste for Kan Mikami, Keiji Haino, and others, this is a vital addition to the Japanese underground collection, and more fully realized document than his previous Innen Kaho album.