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since 2001

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"Private Idioms" CDR

Public Eyesore

Genre: experimental guitar improv

Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107

Jan 20 - 26 2002

ONNYK is Yoshiaki Kinno, a talented guitar improviser and also the owner of the Allelopathy label of Japan. Private Idioms collects two thirty-minute pieces of his work on electric guitar, and boy is it an amazing release. Working solely with the guitar's natural sounds - completely feedback and pedal free - these two pieces (from 1995 and 1997, respectively) see Kinno noodling out some of the most startlingly complex guitar pluckings you're ever likely to hear.

ONNYK's talent lies in the fact that his music is so varied - at times, it can be calm and thoughtful, and at others he just goes crazy, producing these insanely intricate, chaotic sounds that just can't be described through words. And the fact that he doesn't need any amp-busting feedback and distortion techniques to accomplish these climactic moments makes it oh-so-much-more impressive.
Private Idioms works as both an impressive release for guitar improv enthusiasts, and a record for those just interested in getting a taste of the scene. The frantic technique variation and hints of tunefulness help to make Kinno's music more accessible to those beginning on their "Guitar Improv for Dummies" course, while his sheer talent will please scene veterans.

So ONNYK's Private Idioms is certainly a recommended listen. It's just a wonder that Kinno waited half a decade after these two pieces' recording to give them to Public Eyesore for release.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 2 songs, distributed by the label, released 2001]