Sunday 5 April 2015, 8pm
Debut OTO show for Japanese guitarist and songwriter Hisato Higuchi, whose from dreamy fuzz-drenched hazes and lo-fi distorted tones, to clear-as-a-bell folk melodies, whilst always creating an ethereal levity all their own.
“Tokyo-based musician Hisato Higuchi assembles pedaling shapes of wraithlike guitar; blasted, genderless vocals; and thin films of digital electronics and fuzz. On guitar he plays blues as oratonical as Loren Mazzacane Connors, moving from chords that sing like guts of pianos through slouched single notes, propping up song forms as nod-out beautiful as anything conceived by Kendra Smith and David Roback.” – The WIRE
Support comes from guitarist Jon Collin, who crafts acoustic string improvs of great abstraction, clanger and depth, recalling a certain vibe that Loren Connors once called his own, although there's no aping here.
“Higuchi’s compositions are centered around electric guitar and soft vocal flourishes that take shape with ease. (…) The guitar work is highly textural and minimal, and the tonal shifts from track to track give an indication of Haguchi’s attention to detail. The playing here is some sort of washed-out, sustained blues that is always spacious and never hurried.” – Digitalis Recordings
Jon Collin is the proprietor of Winebox Press – a UK company that makes some of the most incredible hand-wrought cassette packages ever... Winebox also puts out certain releases in "trade" editions, and Collin's High Peak Selections LP is one of the first. Acoustic string improvs of great abstraction, clanger and depth, recalling a certain vibe that Loren Connors once called his own, although there's no aping here. Lots of dizzy inventions of clustered strings that manage to maintain a certain melodic beauty for all their weirdness. There are even bits of wobbled slide and sustain that recall Fahey at his loosest. Totally boss. (Byron Coley, Arthur Magazine)
“This spine-tingling album by Jon Collin is six-string primitivism taken to a whole other level of wildness and intuition.” – Derek Walmsley, The Wire
“Across the four tracks on his second LP, Jon Collin reiterates his interest in mining the emotional potential of the guitar, utilising a vast grasp of the capabilities of the instrument... His grasp on the relationship between the resonant qualities of the hollow-bodied guitar and the wails of feedback and reverberation produced by the amplifier is extraordinary.” – Matt Krefting, The Wire