夕方の犬 (Dog in the Evening) – ‘oct16. 1964’
Although the horrors of radioactive testing and eventual pollution have certainly been explored throughout music before, the subject lends itself to an endless array of worthy and almost necessary takes. Jacob Kirkegaard‘s landmark Four Rooms album meditated on the aftermath of evacuated and forgotten locals surrounding Chernobyl. Biosphere‘s N-Plants examined – and prophetically foretold – the alarming instability of Japan’s nuclear power plants. 夕方の犬 (Dog in the Evening) adds his own take on the theme with oct.16 1964, recently issued by the folks of Spring Break Tapes. The project pulls five dates (of 45 total) wherein China continued its nuclear testing in the face of the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963, endorsed by 100 countries around the globe. While the project, which had released stunning works so far on Patient Sounds Ltd, Constellation Tatsu, and Adhesive-Sounds, maintains its airy sense of melancholic beauty, the aura here is much darker and foreboding. “Oct 16 1964” focuses on the childlike naivete of the human experience in the wake of nuclear fallout, quietly and innocently playing out its light melody, soothing vocals, and endearing music box of sound. “June 17 1967,” the longest tune here, wades in a delayed murk of static, electro-keys, and lonesome charisma. “Oct. 16 1980” shrouds itself in layer of processed drips and abstracted chamber music, almost as though you’d stumbled upon some subterranean pack of hollow survivors, hopelessly adrift and hopefully void. “May 11 1992” and “July 29 1996” permeate the tape’s waning moments with lethargic optimism, tired and beaten down by the situation but fighting to keep a glimmer of hope.
Copies of the tape are available directly from the Spring Break Tapes’ site.