Haphazardly, While Sitting

by Haruki

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Haphazardly, While Sitting, sounds more organic than his previous album Bending Wood (on the Rain Music label). Tracks typically are structured around looped banjo or guitar phrases, subtly augmented by subtle electronics and found sounds. The rustic-sounding "Gallop On Off" brings to mind the earlier work of The Books, but the addition of some doomy fuzzed up electric guitar to "I Had It All Planned Out" makes it more reminiscent of the whirling psych-folk of Alexander Tucker. "Le Vieux Chalet" eschews the stringed instruments in favour of some spacey, accordion-flavoured drone, before it gives way to the dreamlike centrepiece that is "Open That Window" – ten minutes of cyclical banjo, nagging metronome, and playground chatter.


Wistful, soothing and suitably autumnal: Haphazardly, While Sitting is a lovely thing indeed.



Hop-Blog:

La dernière fois qu'on a entendu parler d'Haruki c'était au moment où ce musicien belge nommé Boris Snauwaert sortait un très chouette "Bending Wood Ep" sur le netlabel rain music.
Radicalement différent, ce nouvel album qui au format CD-R sur le label canadien Corps-Morts, joue, cette fois, sur les boucles de banjo, de guitares dans des formats basés sur la répétition. Des boucles auxquelles Haruki ajoute par moment quelques sonorités électroniques et des fields recordings.
Au final, ça donne un album forcément moins accessible et plus rêche, plus sombre aussi... par moment presque mystique. Une musique qui rappelle un peu les compos de David Eugene Edwards et de son projet Woven Hand.

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released October 1, 2008

Released on Corps-Morts Records (CAN)

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