Concert preview: Japanese guitarist Suzuki Junzo lets his freak flag fly

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From the November 28, 2013 edition

The Japanese guitarist cut his teeth playing in comparatively traditional psych-rock bands like Overhang Party, Astral Travelling Unit and Miminokoto, but his solo work shoots to the far outer reaches of the cosmos. Songs drift from bizarre, ambient blues tracks (“Ode to a Blue Ghost,” a swirling, 20-minute dirge) to droning soundscapes constructed of buzzing guitars as noisy and relentless as a highway construction site. Occasionally tunes will meander with no real destination in sight, but when Junzo locks in the material can leave one hell of a mark.

The guitarist plays here behind his most recent album, Portrait of Madeleine Elster, a typically varied affair featuring four tracks that range from five minutes to more than 17 (“Dance of the Inhabitants of the Invisible Tower in the Ring of Holly Mountain,” a song with a title even more epic than its extended runtime).

Kohoutek and Hundos open the show.

Photo courtesy Suzuki Junzo