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Tolujin This might turn out to be my favourite album of the year. I don't want to talk about influences because I don't think it deserves to be pigeonholed that way. There is metal aggression and free-jazz freakery aplenty here, but there is also contemplation, lyricism and sumptuous tone, so that even over its lengthy running time it isn't exhausting the way some jazz/metal meetings can be. I think I'd travel quite a long way to hear these guys play. Favorite track: In A Grove.
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Ryan Soucy Wow! I am utterly blown away by this album! The work of John Zorn, particularly that of his Naked City and Painkiller, are apt comparisons, and to me that is about as high as praise can get for this kind of music! Here's to hoping for a vinyl release complete with a booklet containing prints and descriptions of the various yokai these songs conjure!
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SM The music of Kurushimi takes me back to my early college days when I first discovered bands like Naked City and Painkiller. It was chaotic, noisy and I loved it....I still do. Kurushimi have made a damn good album here. They touch on dub, metal and jazz and it sounds oh so good. Favorite track: In A Grove.
Dillon Ethier
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Dillon Ethier This is being labeled as free jazz, but it feels more like free metal featuring sax. I can't recall any other examples of free metal, but this sounds like it to me. Not that it isn't jazzy, but jazz doesn't typically incorporate blastbeats. The influence of John Zorn is felt strongly. Favorite track: Amanojaku.
Camryn Marquez
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Camryn Marquez To be honest, free-jazz has, in my opinion, a very profound problem: up and coming artists tend to sound redundant and indiscernible- lacking an individual aesthetic to tie themselves to that separates them from other free-jazz artists, but this release is not like that. This is avant-garde free-jazz that establishes an aesthetic that is unique and deserves your attention. That this band can establish mood despite the abstract nature of this genre of music shows that this band is serious. Favorite track: Kimon.
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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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