Exposé Online banner

Richard Pinhas / Yoshida Tatsuya — Welcome... in the Void
(Cuneiform Rune 391, 2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-05-26

Welcome... in the Void Cover art

When one considers the scope of electronic music, the archetype is generally a passive sound, often floating or sequenced, with smooth edges and colorful melodies; but over yonder in the dark corner of this room is the aggressive and hyper-energetic guitar and loop powered work of Richard Pinhas, originally with his band Heldon in the 70s, but these days usually in collaboration with like-minded travelers, this time in a perfect match with the hyper-kinetic drum riffing of Yoshida Tatsuya, the mastermind behind Koenji Hyakkei, Ruins, Korekyojinn, and as a leader or a member of so many other outstanding Japanese bands, clean back to the early days of YBO2 in the mid-80s. Here, the chemistry is just magical, all cylinders are firing and the rhythms, colors and textures are just dripping off the walls. There are only two tracks on the disc – a short four minute intro, and the massive 64-minute “Core Trax” that encompasses an evolution of sound exuding blistering waves of energy as it travels through numerous portals and passages, morphing as it goes. There are some points where Yoshida dials it back to give the listener a clearer vision of Pinhas’ ever-regenerating and decaying loops, but through most of the main track Yoshida is giving it everything he’s got, which means wall-to-wall masterful drum riffing par excellence. Still, for the listener, with all these expansive guitar textures and loops coupled with the ever-intense drumming, the duo’s sound can be surprisingly relaxing and even meditative at times. The exceptional cover art by Yann Legendre is worthy of special mention as well. The long and the short of it (mostly long) is, Welcome… in the Void is a whole world of sound that a listener can easily get lost within.


Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Tatsuya Yoshida, Richard Pinhas

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Adrian Marcator - Eiderland Suite – Eiderland is strongly rooted in German traditional folk music stylings, although all of its twenty tracks are original material. In summary it could be said by comparison, that Eiderland is to German...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues