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U-Ni is the moniker for a one man jam band - child of Tatsuhiro Honmura aka hontatu, a Japanese multi-instrumentalist. Obviously he can be considered as a master of guitar but playing drums and bass is no problem for him as well. Additionally he uses tape and multi track recorders.

In 2007 U-Ni released the first album 'Samadhi' with four songs which are deep in psychedelic with transitions to krautrock because of some hypnotic minimalistic rhythms and a repetitive layered guitar style with echoes similar to Achim Reichel or Manuel Göttsching. Only one year later followed the second output named 'No one listening to the sound' - this time containg three tracks.

U-Ni is recommended to fans of minimalistic psych improvisations and krautrock.

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 Samadhi by U-NI album cover Studio Album, 2007
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U-Ni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Japan is the home of many interesting artists in the field of music, and U-Ni is yet another one of those.

The four tunes on this album are all of a rather minimalistic manner, where repetition is a key element. All the tunes consist of a set number of rhythmical and melodic pieces which performs and repeats set themes and patterns, with one dominating element adding subtle changes to the theme being repeated.

Distorted guitar riff or distorted guitar solos with a distinct early 70's sound is a part of all the tunes here, conveyed in a manner which indicates that krautrock is a dominating influence to the output of this artist.

Fans of repetitive, hypnotic psychedelic rock of the early 70's in general and krautrock in particular may find this release worthwhile checking out.

 Samadhi by U-NI album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.98 | 3 ratings

U-Ni Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars On 'Samadhi' Tatsuhiro Honmura appears with excellent guitar skills - multi-layered - to experience on the first song Akasatana with the emphasis on space rock - somewhat looping, going round in circles constantly. A simple bass line and bass drum are serving a decent groove - the background for his guitar work which is dominating the complete album by the way. Next one Perception is rich on discoveries - the song starts with an electronic touch. A spacey echo and delay dominated guitar gets in the lead soon with reminiscences to David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix and Achim Reichel's style with A.R. Machines.

The title song Samadhi doesn't attract attention to me sounding ordinary, conservative but the following Nirvana is the ultimate epic voyage through time and space - once more provided with a simple bass drum and reminding of 'Inventions For Electric Guitar' (Manuel Göttsching).

'Samadhi' is a guitar dominated album made in the vein of veterans like Ash Ra Tempel, Achim Reichel and the early Tangerine Dream - not very diversified, more hypnotic minimalistic with looping riffs and echoes - interesting for fans who are deep in love with repetitive spacey improvisations.

Thanks to Rivertree for the artist addition.

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