NON34 – Burnt Friedman – Zokuhen

release date: mid October 2012, 2×12″ Vinyl

With its non-placed devices and hard-to-pin-down aesthetic falling between electronic and psychedelic music and the warm-hued sounds of traditional acoustic instruments, Burnt Friedman’s Zokuhen (‘second edition’), produced exclusively for vinyl, may be considered an extension (or second instalment) of Bokoboko (non33, released in February 2012). On this new double EP, too, the music focuses on uneven rhythms that dictate the groove for all the participating musical elements and display a formal logic to which all the instruments gladly succumb. With its even rhythm and proximity to dub reggae, the track ‘Kon Ki (C2)’ shows that exceptions from the rule are permitted among the five new tracks and three re-worked Bokoboko themes that round off this follow-up.

“Although my ears tell me that the tracks often include robust collections of drums and staccato string arrangements, Friedman uses those instruments to resonate and reverberate into arrangements that do not feel physical. (…) Regardless of the number of instruments employed, from strings or wind instruments to handmade percussion or steel drums, Friedman is always using his elements to emphasize rhythm. These rhythms are often intense, building into patterns that transcend their body. As a result, Friedman creates ambiance through a diversity of elements that seem to drone together into one righteous frequency.” 5th Sep 2012 Nicolas Zettel Foxydigitalis

“Tail-swaying jazz, sarod-woodwind fusion and steamin’ but gleamin’ organ blues also poke their heads up through the many-hued hailstorm of percussion. And far from uneven, every downstroke is perfectly timed.” 7th Sep 2012 Stephen Fruitman Igloomagazine

Burnt Friedman
Zokuhen, 2×12″
available: mid October 2012

tracklisting 

A1 EN BU
B1 RIKU RO
B2 DEKU NO BO 2
B3 BOKOBOKO 2
C1 EN BU 2
C2 KON KI*
D1 KOWAI KOIRU
D2 RIKU RO 2

*The original, extended version of KON KI , Roots Automation, was released on CD (non28) Nonplace 10th Anniversary compilation

BURNT FRIEDMAN: Percussion, Cymbals, Organ, Korg MS20 Synth., Monochord, Sampler
JOSEPH SUCHY: Electric guitar B1, B2, C1, D2
TAKESHI NISHIMOTO: Sarod B1, B3, D2
MANDJAO FATY: Electric guitar C2
DANIEL SCHRÖTER: Bass guitar B1, D1
JAKI LIEBEZEIT: additional drums B2
HAYDEN CHISHOLM: Reeds
RASHAD BECKER – Mastering
THEO ALTENBERG: Cover Image, O.T. (Detail) Oil on Cardboard 2012