Live in Japan

Headz (CD, Vinyl LP, Digital) ✖ Released: 10.2003 ✖ Buy: Bandcamp

Recorded at Shibuya Nest on 9th February, 2003. Mastered at Abbey Road.

Originally released on CD by Headz, Japan in 2003. Later released on vinyl by Autofact in 2007 in a limited edition of 1000 copies in spined sleeve with print insert. Now available digitally.

“Live In Japan” is perhaps the definitive live document of electronic-acoustic improvisation for our time. Hailed by many to be the “greatest laptop live show in music history” and counted among the albums of the year by The Wire in 2003, one would perhaps have to go back as far as Kraftwerk to find a live electronic performance as engaging, organic and inventive as “Live In Japan”.

The LP consists of one sublimely beautiful and haunting 43 minute long track, recorded live at the Shibuya Nest, Tokyo in February of 2003. The performance takes us from the bright codeine pop of “Endless Summer” to the haunting melancholy of “Venice”, with familiar bits of coda and electronic soul hooks catching us as we stream through the lush, nearly symphonic drones and soundscapes which Fennesz has expertly composed to guide us through his musical legacy.

This is that rare piece of music which affects both the ardent champion and the novice alike, moving and original, with not a single note wasted and nothing out of place. Guitar music? Laptop music? Post-modern electronic soul music? Fennesz music…