The Eastern and Northern godzz of noizze Masami Akita aka Merzbow and Lasse Marhaug have resumed collaborative efforts, and will release “Mer Mar” on Editions Mego tomorrow, March 13th. You can buy the album, or purchase a digital download at their label site here.
Photo credit: Beermike @ Flickr. “A noise summit with Jim O’Rourke, Lasse Marhaug, Merzbow helped bring in 2009.”
Recorded at Studio GOK Sound, Tokyo April 7 2010 by Hamamoto Yohei.
Produced by Masami Akita and Lasse Marhaug.
Cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin
Cover design by Lasse Marhaug.
Masami Akita and Lasse Marhaug have been working together since the mid 90ies. The first release on Marhaug’s (now deleted) label Jazzassin Records in 1995 was the “First Rock” split single. In 2001 Merzbow and Jazkammer (Marhaug’s project with John Hegre) released a live album. Later, Akita and Marhaug executed several live collaborations, but often with other artists such as Hair Stylistics and Jim O’Rourke. In 2010 they finally got together to record as duo. Recorded at GOK Sound Studios in Tokyo the results can now be heard as “Mer Mar”.
Made using a combination of scrap metal screeching; analogue synths; and enough effect pedals to give you overweight with most airline companies, ‘Mer Mar’ is a tour de force for both of these noise veterans, hinting to some classic 80s Merzbow jams such as Material Action.
Merzbow + Marhaug + Hair Stylistics @ SuperDeluxe April 2010