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Maher Shalal Hash Baz: C'est la Dernière Chanson *

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Japanese version includes a bonus disc. 2009.

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Hiromitsu Shoji.

On his second album for K, Tori Kudo (the man behind the name Maher Shalal Hash Baz) decamped to Paris to record a few songs with a handful of Japanese and French musicians. "Few" meaning almost 200, 177 of which are spread across two discs. Kudo has long been a proponent of blending folk, pop, and experimental music together into frequently lovely sounding semi-improvised songs, many of them quite brief. His previous album was the pinnacle of his output to date, combining the artier side of his nature with a batch of memorable and affecting songs. This album uses the same basic instrumentation as before (various horns, guitar, drums, and percussion), but Kudo decided that brevity was the key to the process and finishing songs wasn't important. The majority hover around the 30- to 45-second range, with only a few breaking the one-minute barrier. Not surprisingly, these are the most listenable songs on an otherwise challenging record.


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