Fushitsusha
Hisou (Pathétique)


3.5
great

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
August 3rd, 2008 | 24 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


I never really knew a whole lot about Fushitsusha before I picked up their second album, titled Hisou (or Pathetique, it’s known by both names) the other day. I knew they were Japanese, which means they could be fucking awesome or fucking gay--there’s no in between in Japan--and they were known for creating some of the most stoner-ific psychedelic symphonies this world has known since 1978. When I actually gave this album a listen, though, I found I was only right about the latter.

Fushitsusha was led by Keiji Haino, who has performed in solo monikers or some different bands since 1970, until their breakup (or “hiatus”, but we know that’s just a shit term) in 2001. Like most of the long-running band’s albums, Hisou is by no means an easy listen, combining slow, pulsing drum patterns, out-of-tune guitar playing, and some of the most crunching feedback my poor speakers have ever been forced to spit out. Haino sometimes makes the choice to buoy the crunch with vocals, as he does perfectly in the third (all untitled) track. His choked and by all means terrifying vocals sound as if the man’s being smothered to death by his own repetitive guitar riff, before moving out into guitar-wank mode, as the track condenses into one of the greatest and most experimental solos I’ve ever heard, before building back up into that riff. Problem is, this cycle repeats itself three times, and becomes straight boring.

The first two, much shorter tracks are the highlights of Hisou, squashing all that psychedelic goodness into five and nine minute plates of easy consumption. However, the album runs the other side of the gauntlet, as the last track lasts a brain-numbing forty-five minutes, and consists of nothing but Shuhei Takashima’s primal drumming and gallons of unrelenting feedback that wash over you like a tsunami, with some strangled vocals thrown in. The song is certainly awe-inspiring for a good ten minutes, as a symphony manages to form out of the chaos, but the track does become annoyingly repetitive, and the last thirty minutes are just a complete chore to get through. These two tracks and their long-windedness bring down the overall experience of the album for me a bit, even though I can see noise aficionados lapping this shit up. Hisou is by no means an album that I or probably anyone can listen to day after day, but if you need a stimulant to get you through that last bit of weed, than I thoroughly recommend this. Just be prepared for the most intense trip of your life.



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Eliminator
August 3rd 2008


2067 Comments


their first album is probably the best. check it out if u haven't

joshuatree
Emeritus
August 3rd 2008


3742 Comments


haven't yet, didnt really know where to start with this band, so i started with this. ill check it out if i can find a link.

GiaNXGX
April 16th 2013


4867 Comments


2 replies

GiaNXGX
April 17th 2013


4867 Comments





YankeeDudel
April 17th 2013


9313 Comments


yo

Digging: Taj Mahal Travellers - August 1974

GiaNXGX
April 17th 2013


4867 Comments


best fushitsucha ya bish

YankeeDudel
April 17th 2013


9313 Comments


damn i need to hear this. ive only heard the first half of live

GiaNXGX
April 17th 2013


4867 Comments


better do or Haino's wrath will fall upon your bedroom and crush your mortal coil with a shamanic witchcraftdi

YankeeDudel
April 17th 2013


9313 Comments


!!!! oh my lawd

that sounds kinda hot actually

liledman
April 17th 2013


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This and Live are the best representations of both sides of Fushitsusha. Both are amazing.

YankeeDudel
April 17th 2013


9313 Comments


how is this different from live?

GiaNXGX
April 17th 2013


4867 Comments


This one plays a lot like a darker 77 live, Mizutani in a cavern.

liledman
April 17th 2013


3826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is more of a noise jam, Live has songs in the normal sense.

treeqt.
May 29th 2013


11040 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

but if you need a stimulant to get you through that last bit of weed, than I thoroughly recommend this


haino would be disappoint

Digging: Alisa Weilerstein - Solo

treeqt.
May 31st 2013


11040 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

best fushitsusha [2]

GiaNXGX
August 25th 2013


4867 Comments



bmup

treeqt.
August 26th 2013


11040 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mump

ShitsofRain
August 26th 2013


5948 Comments


tracklist got me excited

treeqt.
August 26th 2013


11040 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

)))))))

Havey
March 8th 2014


9761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wag



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