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TNH Forum I hope that Jazzgrind and similar music continues to be ventured by musicians all over the globe. A brilliant amalgamation of soothing ambient, relentless grind, and every other dynamic in between, Kurushimi's debut is an excellent showcase of versatility and fearless experimentation - a musical journey which I have trekked many times and counting. Favorite track: Onmoraki.
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Nick Bradey This superb band makes exciting complex jazz oriented music - but labels are essentially meaningless . If you like exploratory jazz at the cutting-edge you need to check out this , and other releases from this unit . Favorite track: Kimon.
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Kamaitachi 04:38
Shinigami 09:24
Kimon 16:55
Dodomeki 00:18
Amanojaku 10:32
In A Grove 13:34
Onmoraki 08:32
Amanozako 09:25
Jorōgumo 06:25


The mysterious collective Kurushimi take listeners through a dark and deranged sonic journey on their Art As Catharsis debut.

This heavily improvised release pushes the boundaries of deconstructionist noise-jazz with departures into doom, grindcore, prog, dub and hip hop. The result is something like the unholy congress of Ornette Coleman, Morbid Angel, Bill Laswell, John Zorn and Bohren & Der Club Of Gore.


released February 16, 2016

Conceived, produced, mixed & mastered by Andrew Mortensen.
Recorded live at The Brain 6th June 2015 by Matt Clarke with Clayton Seglov.
Additional turntables recorded at AM Frequencies 18th July 2015.
Mixed at AM Frequencies August 2015 & January 2016.
Mastered at AM Frequencies February 2016.

All music improvised by Mortensen/Dawes/Allison/Lawson/Ryan/Kerr.
Conducted/manipulated by Kerr.
'In A Grove' conceived by Lachlan Kerr, inspired by a short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.

Andrew Mortensen - bass, turntable, conductor
Simon Dawes - guitar
Chris Allison - drums
Kim Lawson - alto & tenor saxophone
James Ryan - tenor & baritone saxophone, flute
Lachlan Kerr - conductor

Art design & layout by Sam Harwood
Logo by Andrew Mortensen

Thanks: Lachlan Kerr, Dawesy, Cheggs, Kim, James, Ian, Lachlan Dale & AAC, Andrew White, Gene White, Dan Brown, all the Violence In Action collective (past & present), Nick Soole, The Record Crate, Simon Grove, Tom S. van Iersel, our other bands & projects, family & friends.

Co-released by Art As Catharsis and AM Frequencies.
© 2016 Kurushimi


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