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Their psychedelia might be a natural phenomenon in the Japanese underground rock scene.

KOUSOKUYA were maybe autogenously formed as a psychedelic rock trio ensemble around Jutoku KANEKO (guitars, voices) and his girlfriend MICK (voices, bass) in the late 1970s. Mainly at some small live spaces in Tokyo they had appeared and psychedelically amazed the audience by their loud guitar-based sounds. There is no material in their early days left except their first live one at Kichijoji, Tokyo in 1979, that was released as a precious live album via a Japanese independent label P.S.F. Records in 2006.

In the beginning of 1990s, Ikuro TAKAHASHI (drums, percussion) brought KOUSOKUYA's enormous material recorded in their private studio around 1990 to Shigeo Honda and persuaded him to be a producer and engineer for their first album. Shigeo edited and produced the album, that could be released in 1991 as an eponymous analogue LP (and their one and only studio album).

Although sad to say Jutoku suddenly passed away in January 2007, KOUSOKUYA have continued gigging actively around Tokyo in collaboration with lots of guest musicians.

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Kousokuya Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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2 stars KOUSOKUYA are one of important outfits in Japanese underground rock scene, formed by three psychedelic daredevils full of originality. Their position in Japanese psychedelic rock world stands upon especially Jutoku's loud, heavy, trippy, dog-barking guitar solo with Rallizaec feedback facing directly him and his guitar itself. Also Ikuro's flat and simple drumming under flexible kaleidoscopic tempo and Mick's deep creepin' bass sounds both are very important to support all of Kousokuyan family and audience.

Mick's voices sound like, as everyone says, exactly weird incantation or magician's spelling, where are fates of catastrophic and despairing inferno delirium. Maybe for KOUSOKUYA, her no-good voices with uncontrollable tones can season this outfit with much weirdness like ghosts from under (for me not at all though ... very strangely her shouts can be mismatched any other instruments methinks). They all rush into underground, able to be called as their home ground utterly with plenty of colour of improvised free jamming psychedelia. However, let me say that, mysteriously there is a rigid unity around their play continuously. Partially like Acid Mothers Temple Speed Guru's one, Jutoku's guitar solo (beyond expression for me) can go ahead into sanctuary, regretfully with some cheap and cheesy tape effects and mixing.

And who knows the reason they (Jutoku) can effectively use such a simple noise like chopping some randomized guitar chords? His great suggestive loud guitar sounds obviously should be much influenced by takashi Mizutani's exploded feed backing ones. (And cheesy voices either? Cannot believe them ... )

Good stuffs are indeed good stuffs, except some vertiginous voices should break their serious atmosphere into scattered pieces, sorry.

Thanks to DamoXt7942 for the artist addition.

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