After two cracking EPs I've been looking forward to Kusanagi's debut LP with Christmas-like anticipation for a while now. And, unlike a 'hilarious' festive jumper, it doesn't disappoint.
Where the Liverpool quartet rise above many of their post-rock peers, is that they throw a great dollop of math-rock into the mix so, as well as the quiet / loud bits, you have quiet / loud / fast bits too. In fact it's the PERFECT listening companion if you were planning on taking a motorbike ride through the countryside followed by evading an erupting volcano and ending in a high-speed chase along the motorway.
Depending on where you search, album title 'Yugen' is a Japanese word which refers to a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe and the sad beauty of human suffering or could refer to something beyond that which can be said about the experiences of this world. Both of which sum up this album much better than my poxy words can.
With any instrumental music, interpretation is very much in the ears of the listener and Yugen most certainly takes you to both happy places and sad places during the course of its ten tracks. Invoking visions of the space between stars / continents and the distance between heaven / earth, the post-rock world can now add another classic album to its healthy ranks.
Yugen is out now and available on download and CD from Bandcamp.