Suzuki Junzo — Sings II (Nod and Smile)
The heavy psych/rock scene in Japan is streaking ahead of any other, with acts like Fushitsusha and Acid Mothers Temple producing music of effortlessly visceral — not to mention loud — weirdness. Julian Cope once dedicated an entire compilation to the scene, appropriately titled Nihon Nihilist, which grouped together luminaries past and present such as J.A. Caesar, Les Rallizes Dénudés and Kousokuya. Add to that the resurgence of Mainliner and the ongoing vitality of the Land of the Rising Sun’s noise scene, as well as a seemingly innate ability to meld and blend genres such as folk, drone and the avant-garde, and it’s clear that Japan is the place to go if you like your sounds hard, trippy or unfathomable, sometimes all three at once.