It would be nice to see this band live and on stage. A small venue, with only a few people around – or crowded beyond excess? – and an air that is filled with a dense fog. The amplifiers should be turned up and some strange lights should illuminate the spectacle in an inexplicable kind of way. Yes, this is how I imagine it. Music like this needs to have some kind of surreal atmosphere, must be incomprehensible, strange, noisy, absurd and annoying. Someone told me years ago that the only proper way to experience noise bands would be on stage; their albums would not be able to stand up to a live performance.
非知ノ知 are a strange band from Japan.. Those odd tracks on their 夕さりの五月蠅 output are sick. Jazzy, noisy, dirty and whatnot. An organ, a bass-clarinet, a violin, drums and a guitar have been used for this output, but one should not expect pleasantries. A raging storm of contrasting rhythms and motives. An endless battle between the instruments. Psychedelic moments are thrown in – a 70s vibe combined with noisy textures and at times also a sound that reminds on a church organ –, but a clear motive, a red line, something to guide the sane mind is nowhere to be found. No vocals, no samples, just the instruments. The listener is thrown hence here, hence there. Some momentary guiding line appears to have been an illusion a minute or two later. There are no counterpoints, no remorse, no escape. It would indeed be impressive to see them live. A question that comes to the mind has to do with the strict way in which the band would play their music: is there a change to add some references to modern and mainstream compositions into this apparent chaos?
Two tracks can be found on this release and none of these is particularly short. They differ not much from each other, but the second one 五月蠅雅歌 has some rather melodic moments at times. It is not pure noise, it is not pure jazz, it is something in between. A free style extravaganza, an attempt to cramp into a certain time period a large amount of ideas. Well, the bottom line would be that this output is not for the faint-hearted. It is of a kind that creates its benefits from being enjoyed occasionally. Too often would be too much of a strain, while those moments, in which one would actually dare to take such a trip, can have a refreshing effect. 夕さりの五月蠅 may blow your mind. May help to shove away some of those probing thoughts. Or let one drown in endless confusion.