Karuna Khyal - Alomoni 1985 (Mega Blowout Sale)

SKU 23-PHOENIX 3024
Karuna Khyal's album Alomoni 1985, originally released on Voice Records around 1976, is widely acknowledged as years ahead of its time, preceding other Japanese underground experimental outfits such as Fushitsusha and White Heaven by almost 20 years. The band's musical influences are, if anything, more Germanic than Japanese, with long, hypnotic free-form rock passages, a heavy use of tape loops, electronics, environmental sounds, distortion and backwards tapes underpinning some manic harmonica-playing on some gut-wrenching blues dirges. Can, Faust and Guru Guru clearly had an influence on the band, as did Captain Beefheart and Pere Ubu. Not much is known about the band's line-up, although it is widely thought there was some crossover in personnel with Brast Burn, another significant outfit of the same era which exerted such influence over newer participants in the Japanese psych scene as well as Nurse With Wound. At No.19 in Julian Cope's Japrocksampler publication, this is a true hidden treasure buried deep in time -- unearthed and digitally-remastered by Phoenix Records. Package includes a replica of the original full-color insert in a numbered limited edition of 1,000 copies only, housed in a unique card wallet.

No. 19 on Julian Cope's list of top Japanese albums.

"...[a] foray into the outer reaches of sound perched near the zenith of radical innovation."-Alternative Press

"Captain Beefheart, Faust and Guru Guru have a considerable degree of influence on this leftfield ritual of sonic mayhem."-All Music Guide

"...thoroughly corrupted rock and roll, steeped in ragtag R&B and crisscrossed by croaked vocal mantras and deliriously dizzy slide guitar."-Motion "Alomony 1985 could be considered one of the most noteable avant-rock albums of all time."-Oppropbrium
  • LabelPhoenix
  • UPC5051125302413
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This is one of THEE brain smashing albums! NOT recommended for anyone who gets fragments of songs stuck in their minds,or listening under the influence of heavy chemicals. Although it is enjoyable.....this does serve to bludgeon your mind into a quivering mass of nerves ....without the use of any "substances". So....listen before you imbibe. Totally mad cyclic music with Beefheart-like vocals.
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