NOISE BIRDS, THE - The Dark Sea Hides a Bright Light
"Riot Season welcome The Noise Birds, aka Suishou No Fune (Japan) and Numinous Eye (USA), into the fold. Back in 2007, the Tokyo-based duo known as Suishou No Fune visited San Francisco, and during their stay participated in a recording session with old friends Mason Jones and Mike Shoun, who were operating under the name Numinous Eye. That session was released in a very small edition several years later by the Essence Music label from Brazil as Black Flowers Of The Forest In The Cosmos. When Suishou No Fune were planning their latest trip to San Francisco in May of 2018, as part of filming for a documentary, plans were made for a follow-up recording. The quartet crammed themselves into a small rehearsal space, along with two guests who filmed the proceedings, and spent the afternoon creating dark, heavy psychedelic atmospheres. Pirako and Kageo, on high-end and low-end guitar respectively, have an uncanny way of melding inner-space psychedelic drone with free-form guitar lines and spiritual sonic flow. Suishou No Fune has been a key part of Japan's scene for two decades now, playing as a duo as well as in extended format with drums and bass. San Francisco's Numinous Eye, started by guitarist Mason Jones after parting ways with his previous band SubArachnoid Space, has released a string of albums bridging noise-drone with psychedelic rock. Prime collaborator Mike Shoun, on drums and synthesizers, has also played with Thee Oh Sees, Peacers, and many others. Noise Birds, as a trio of guitars driven by drums, demonstrates a cohesive vision and melding of minds as the layers of sound shift around each other. Improvised together on the spot, these songs ebb-and-flow as the players communicate without words, focused on working together with the goal of taking the music as far in, and out, as possible. This is music as speech, as collaboration, as friends coming together across an ocean to express themselves as one, presented here for everyone else to hear and enjoy. The Noise Birds are: Pirako (guitar), Kageo (guitar), Mason Jones (guitar), Mike Shoun (drums). RIYL: Bardo Pond, Kousokuya, Fushitsusha, Carlton Melton, Les Rallizes Denudes. Includes download code; edition of 300." - Riot Season .
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.