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Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Chimärendämmerung
Format: CD
Label: Destijl
Country: USA
Price: $13.00
"Hototogisu are Marcia Bassett and Matthew Bower, and they dwell upon two continents (Marcia in Brooklyn NY and Matthew in Leeds UK). Both share rich discographical heritage. Marcia has recorded with numerous labels (Siltbreeze, Timelag, Eclipse, Troubleman Unlimited, etc.) with UN, GHQ and the Double Leopards, and Matthew with Total, Skullflower, Sunroof!, Vibracathedral Orchestra and more. A Wikipedia entry in his name clearly (sic) illustrates his cultural heft: Bowers huge discography of visceral, free drone-rock is probably the most formidable of its kind and he was rightly considered in 2005 by The Wire to be one of the map co-ordinates for much of what passed for a post-punk UK underground during most of the 80s and 90s (issue 259) . Chimärendämmerung is the 3rd Hototogisu release on Destijl and the 5 untitled walls of vertical viola drone/overtone, lapped by shifting electronic waves of feedback, blackened guitars, rhinegold cast deep into dying rivers, an instrumental cycle of conflict of the birth of a supreme aristocratic beauty into a fallen world, and its inevitable conflagration, then a glimmer of hope of escape from the cycle, in tune w/ the breath of the cosmos, like a glacial reimagining of Van der Graafs A Plague Of Lighthouse Keepers, and it represents a current plateau for the duo." - Destijl.

Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Floating Gardens
Format: Triple LP
Label: Destijl
Country: USA
Price: $38.00
"the hototogisu is one of several pieces of japanese cuckoo. since the song of the hototogisu traditionally signaled the arrival of japanese summer, it was as eagerly awaited as the trimming of la monte youngs nose hairs. the text of this piece likens the long-awaited first notes of the bird to the arrival of ones lover. floating gardens compositions are mainly narrative in style and more dramatic in character than anthony moores drooping bamboo shaft. however, also contained are light and lyrical pieces which will touch the sentiments of the people of this time as deeply as terry rileys toes are dug in the sand. the package is impressive, a kaleidoscope of color, as flamboyant / indulgent as chalemagne palestines brandy-sogged teddy bears and when it meets your gaze, youll be as bug-eyed as phil glass. floating gardens is the best known of these." - Destijl. Insane full color paste-on jacket. Limited to 300 copies. Highly recommended!
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Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Prayer Rug Exorcism
Format: CD
Label: Heavy Blossom
Country: USA
Price: $12.50
"Most barbaric installment yet in the blood n groan saga initiated with Ghost From The Sun; Prayer Rug Exorcism is a monolithic single disc in four parts.  Opening with a brooding nocturnal labyrinth, and ascending through a dark power-drone into sky-high ribbons of blasphemous feedback traceries, and the annihilating ghostly machine clank of part 4, like TGs old analog set up, running freeform and haunted in a hermetically sealed bunker.  Recorded: The Black Chapel, Leeds; CCA, Glasgow; Holy Trinity Church, Leeds, and Brudenell Social Club, Leeds in 2005.  Full color deluxe artwork delineates the unusual arcana, and some new clues for the pictorially fetishistic.  Edition of 1000 copies." - Heavy Blossom.  

Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Sculpture Built Upon The Graves
Format: CDR
Label: Heavy Blossom
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"2006 cdr, recorded in bradford england, except for live track paris, noharm recorded at instants chavires, paris, spring 2006. A four movement midnight symphony of haunted electricity. one of the most evocative and strange hototogisu recordings." - Heavy Blossom.

Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Under the Rose
Format: LP
Label: Heavy Blossom
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"Hototogisus first LP release on their own imprint Heavy Blossom! Under the Rose is a pair of incantations for the dark and vengeful animal spirits. Sung in two parts Malignant Coronation and Origami Skulls are blackened arias, dizzying vortexes and canyons of screams, guitars and chaotic rhythms. Arising from this richly recorded and mastered vinyl slab come black tarpits of malevolence and savage beauty, harking back to a pre-Christian universe of animating spirits and tutelary daemons . Comes in black jacket with a full color photograph attached to the front cover and thickly inked silk-screened backs. Edition of 600." - Heavy Blossom.

Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Floating Japanese Oof! Gardens of the 21st Century
Format: Double CD
Label: Important
Country: USA
Price: $17.00
"Floating Japanese Oof! Gardens Of The 21st Century was originally released on the De Stijl label in 2005, spread out over 3 LPs in hand glued packaging featuring colorful prints of Matthew Bowers compelling artwork. To date, this remains a singular release in the Hototogisu discography. The original press info from the always interesting De Stijl label says it all: The Hototogisu is one of several pieces of Japanese cuckoo. Since the song of the Hototogisu traditionally signaled the arrival of Japanese summer, it was as eagerly awaited as the trimming of La Monte Youngs nose hairs. The text of this piece likens the long-awaited first notes of the bird to the arrival of ones lover. The compositions on Floating Gardens are mainly narrative in style and more dramatic in character than Anthony Moores drooping bamboo shaft. However, also contained are light and lyrical pieces which will touch the sentiments of the people of this time as deeply as Terry Rileys toes are dug in the sand. The package is impressive! A kaleidoscope of color as flamboyant/indulgent as Charlemagne Palestines brandy-sogged teddy bears and when Floating Gardens meets your gaze, youll be as bug-eyed as Phil Glass." - Important.

Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Ghosts From the Sun
Format: CD
Label: Important
Country: USA
Price: $16.00
"The Hototogisu masterfully create a dense sediment of Teutonic drone with the thickest layers of guitar, vocals and electronics. The Hototogisu are obviously seasoned sonic travelers, featuring the seminal legend Matthew Bower (Skullflower, Sunroof!) and Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards). Ghosts From The Sun is one enormous composition, nearing two hours in length, unfolded and nailed together in seven movements. Starting with a slow drone electronic crawl and climaxing with crackling bone percussion buried howls of haunted minds, Ghosts Of The Sun cries out from beneath an earthquake of guitar feedback and distortion. Ghosts Of The Sun compresses eternity, from the creation of humanity to its own destruction, into seven parts on one double album. This is epic and total sonic overload, by way of The Hototogisu." - Important.

Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Pale Fatal Sister
Format: Double LP
Label: Important
Country: USA
Price: $27.00
"Limited edition of 700 copies. Double LP pressing housed in a gatefold jacket. Being a Nabokovian and visceral garden of delights, a musical evocation of memory and desire spread over four sides of vinyl. The sound is conjured forth from dark wells to be birthed, twisting and screaming in silver winds. Recorded at Black Dirt Studios, over an intensive three-day period of hermetic isolation, while snow blanketed the surrounding fields, this work is both more detailed and conjures a heavier, more brooding occult atmosphere and sound, than any previous Hototogisu release." -Important

Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Some Blood Will Stick
Format: CD
Label: Important
Country: USA
Price: $12.50
"Hototogisu is Matthew Bower (Skullflower/Sunroof!) and Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards). Theyve been laying down billowing sheets of Teutonic guitar drone-noise since 2003 with the thickest possible helpings of vocals and electronics. Some Blood Will Stick is a collection of tracks from their ultra-limited self produced label Heavy Blossom. Songs were taken from Swoon Scream (2004) and Awful Symmetry (2005) with one additional track." - Important.

Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: Befriending Demons/Nepenthe
Format: 3" CDR
Label: Mallard Lake
Country: Sweden
Price: $7.50
"A population of singing birds. How nice. But armed with rusty metal strings and heavy amplifiers executed in a freakout state of mind, it gets nasty. UltraFuzzDronePreacher Matthew Bower, known from Skullflower and Sunroof!, unveils another episode of the Hototogisu, in a collaboration with Marcia Bassett from the Double Leopards." - Mallard Lake. "The three inch cd seems to be the format of choice these days for all things avant / drone related. I guess its part the novelty, but also the 20 minute limit is just perfect for one big long track. Like the modern day drone rock equivalent of our old friend the seven inch single. This super limited three inch just so happens to be the latest missive from Mr. Matthew Bower of Sunroof!, Skullflower, Total, etc. Bower is the Hototogisu, and on this disc that means gorgous, pulsing free noise, taking the crushing power of Skullflower and smoothing it out with the bliss of Sunroof! Two tracks merged into one twenty minute piece of strangled guitar chords, droning and throbbing, becoming more and more machinelike, until the whole thing is a keening, looped mass of distorted grit and vibrating hum, like an industrial Steve Reich, or a noise rock Terry Riley. Caustic and abrasive, but also hypnotic and beautiful. These are ultra limited so you can bet they wont be around for long." - Aquarius.
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Artist: HOTOTOGISU
Title: s/t
Format: Mag
Label: WFOT
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
"Twenty full color images produced by Marica Bassett and Matthew Bower from 2003 to 2005. Recommended for late night viewings when the windows are lit and the television is off. Limited to 125." - WFOT.

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