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Japan's Overhang Party were always one of their country's most interesting, multifaceted and imaginative musical units, and we at Mutant Music are honored to be able to make their long out-of-print debut LP available once more.
Overhang Party and its members, who revolve around founder Rinji Fukuoka, have always shown a wide range of musical interest and ability, and this LP shows them all at their formative nucleus, offering a glimpse into what would come in later years in addition to enormous immediate aural gratification.
Initially released privately by the group in 1993 (prior to Rinji's formation of his Pataphysique imprint, which would release the rest of the group's output in addition to many other interesting recordings), this LP was limited to just 200 copies and has long been sought-after by aficionados of the Japanese underground.
Needless to say, until now, if one were to be lucky enough to find a copy of this LP, it would come with a somewhat prohibitive price tag; we offer it once again in the vinyl format with its original presentation for those of us for whom the depth of our fanaticism may not always equal that of our bank accounts.
This LP shows the group's long-standing interest in the avant-garde and improvisation, featuring some amazing soundscapes which find their way through both the beautiful and the abrasive; they definitely explore some far-out territory, but there are also glimpses into the beautiful saturation of their more "rock" side on occasion, with some particularly expressionistic guitar work from Rinji within the context of a slow-burning psych blowout. This LP features the initial lineup of Rinji Fukuoka (guitar, voice), Iwao Yamazaki (drums), Kouji Nishino (bass) and Kunukunu as guest on VCS3 synthesizer during the track "Air."
Overhang Party ceased in January of 2008, and its members continue on with their new efforts as Majutsu no Niwa. As we honor their early forays with this re-issue, we also eagerly anticipate what the future will bring.
This vinyl reissue is limited to 500 copies and it is presented with its original artwork which features a stark plain white jacket with Overhang Party simply printed on the front.