Maher Shalal Hash Baz Ready Two-Disc, 177-Song Album
Published May 21, 2009Hot on the heels of the recently released collaboration with Bill Wells, Japanese eccentric Tori Kudo is readying yet another release by his beloved/confusing Maher Shalal Hash Baz. Like most of Kudo's output though, this isn't your typical 14-track, single-disc album but rather a massive musical offering that spans two discs and, get this, a whopping 177 songs.
Called C'est La Dernière Chanson, the album is culled from a selection of songs composed by Kudo between 2005 and 2007, and despite the massive tracklist, is "compact and richly melodic," says the press release, which also had this to say about where the behemoth body of work stems from:
"For the recordings, Kudo assembled nine musicians from Japan and bunkered down for six days in St. Pierre-Eglise, France, to record and rehearse before playing an Atagatomuzi-K event in Cherbourg. In addition to his nine mysterious band members, Kudo also included a handful of local French musicians. The output from these sessions was one of the most prolific recordings done by Maher Shalal Hash Baz; more than 200 songs were recorded and 177 are presented on Chanson."
Among the instruments used on the album are everything from bassoon to guitar to drums to glass percussion, organ, rocks and sticks. Yes, rocks and sticks.
And while we don't have a tracklisting for C'est La Dernière Chanson just yet we do know the record is due out via K Records on July 21, with the above album art.