AOTY 2019
Fishmans - Long Season
Jun 29, 2016
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The highly acclaimed japanese dub/dream-pop/experimental band Fishmans had a dream-run for a short time during their also short active period. Long Season is possibly their most acclaimed album worldwide, and a beloved work from their fans. It consists of one single composition that stretches out for 35 minutes, showing each and every facet of the band's interesting sound. Here, the linear structure reveals a psychedelic opening that slowly develops into a masterful dub/krautrock passage, soon to be followed by the late vocalist Shinji Sato's peculiar vocal-work, and while they build-up tension in an almost Radiohead-esque way, the song suddenly becomes a sparse improvisational and alienating instrumental piece, that may sound interesting at first, but also quite directionless. After a peaceful and psychedelic interlude, the band transitions back to the main theme, adding all sorts of patterns to create this beautiful crescendo that successfully closes the piece. It is one interesting ride through the band's vision, even though it could definitely soundmuch more complete and well-developed in the end, but Long Season still remains a unique piece of music, so immersive and evocative that it is hard to ignore. It is a shame that such a creative and unique musical act had to interrupt their activities shortly after this series of releases. They will always be mourned.
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