Merzbow – Takahe Collage (Handmade Birds) 2013
Look, when you neglect a blog as much as I have in the past few years it can be easy to forget what I’ve posted on and what I haven’t. For some reason I was under the impression that my thoughts on Takahe Collage had been published. Nup – found it sitting in draft form consisting of a number of mean references to Merzbow’s 13 Japanese Birds. Screw that review I thought – time to listen to this again with fresh ( although increasingly degraded) ears.
Merzbow has seemed to go a bit quiet in 2014. He’s released a few bits and bobs but nothing like the pace he has set in the past. I’m actually a bit sad about that fact because Merzbow, ever since the end of the 13 Japanese Birds Series, has been releasing some of the records of his career. I’d go so far to say that you can’t really go wrong with any of them. I think most of CD’s he released in the past four or so years are covered on this site except for the mighty Kibako that I also found in draft form (and which I’ll publish soon).
Takahe Collage is a great example of prime Merzbow. Three lengthy tracks (32, 29 and 12 minutes respectively are on offer. The first track is indeed a bit of a collage, degraded beats give the entire track a post-industrial feel. The second track is my favourite – it starts as one of those Merzbow pieces that create layers from scree, static and noise to form a brutal soup of sound in which no recognisable instruments or form can be detected. I actually forget how much I love it when he just lets loose. The beats come back with a vengence for the final track. It starts off as a trance track for the damned and never really lets up. It’s great and one of the rare moments where I’ve started bobbing my head to a Merzbow track.
All in all a great Merzbow record and an extremely good noise record full stop. Noise nerds won’t be disappointed.