Monday 19 September 2016

Bi Kyo Ran - Go Un (1995)

The third album from this Japanese band.

The band was now an eight piece band with a lineup of woodwinds, guitars, synths, bass, percussions, marimba, timpani and both male and female Japanese vocals.

Bi Kyo Ran was previously very close to being a King Crimson copycat. In particular on their debut album and to a lesser degree on their second album.

That though changed on this album. An album which is slightly bizzarre.

The forty minutes divided on five pieces of music takes us through a bit jazz, a bit zeuhl, a bit of King Crimson like eclectic music, a lot of avant-garde and a lot of US funk and Caribbean salsa. The music is pretty weird with a Robert Fripp'esque guitar underpinning some rhumba and salsa. This would be too far even for Robert Fripp.

And this music is far, far out. It is as eclectic as it can get. It is also pretty commercial and pretty dance-friendly. Put on your dance shoes and dance..... Yes, do that to this album.

Parts of it is very dance friendly. Other parts is too dense avant-garde to step out on the floor to this music.

The quality is not too bad. It is not good either and I am able to restrain my praise for this album. It is too weird for my view. Too far out there. Too incoherent for my view.

This is a decent album and worth checking out if you like music far from the well trodden path.

2 points

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