Masayoshi Fujita and Guy Andrews 'Needle Six' 12"
The 27-minute piece ’Needle Six’ is a BBC recording of an improvised session between Masayoshi Fujita and Guy Andrews that took place at the prestigious Maida Vale Studios on October 26, 2015. Recorded as part of BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction the performance continues the show's tradition of introducing two musicians on stage for the first time and documenting the unpredictable and compelling sounds, which unfold. Following on from Masa's label colleague Nils Frahm, who also improvised with Ghostpoet on a previous session, both Masayoshi and Guy were encouraged to abandon their usual respective preparations and adopt a totally new approach.
On the subject of expectations and preparations Guy explains: "I was pretty excited, but equally had feelings of being out of
my depth. Despite it being amazing, I actually tried to not listen to Masa’s music too much until a day before, as I knew I'd potentially end up over-analysing it and not putting my own style on the session. Having very little music theory knowledge under my belt, and being known for doing things by ear, meant being matched with a classically trained musician was reasonably daunting. I decided to only prepare by making some field recordings in the week before, and trying not to think about it too much."
Masayoshi expands, saying: "basically I am not an improv guy. I do improvise with certain other musicians but we usually have some rough plan. This time was different, so I just tried not to think too much and see how it goes. I think it made sense that I only played acoustic and Guy played electronic stuff. It made our approach more simple and clear. I think both sounds complimented each other very well."
Masayoshi Fujita, the Berlin-based Japanese vibraphone player, came to the attention of Erased Tapes founder Robert Raths a few years ago. Not only because the vibraphone is an intriguing instrument, but also the way Masayoshi treats his instrument and draws ethereal and layered sounds, is what truly attracted him to Masayoshi’s work.
His new LP ‘Apologues’ saw Masayoshi for the first time use an array of instruments besides his lead instrument – such as the
violin, cello, flute, clarinet, French horn, accordion, piano and snare drum played by friends, but arranged by Masayoshi
himself. Guy andrews is a London based producer who is best known for creating textural electronic music which combines an array of influences from post rock, techno and ambient to afro to afro-beat inspired genres. Guy has since released on a number of acclaimed labels such as Hot Flush and Pennyroyal, scored for the acclaimed photographer Nadav Kander, as well as collaborated with Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja for a remix of his well respected ‘Battle Box’ series. On March 4th 2016 Guy released his debut album 'Our Spaces' on Houndstooth.
’Needle Six’ will be released by Erased Tapes in collaboration with Houndstooth on April 16 – exclusively for Record Store
Catalogue number: ERATP083LP
Label: Erased Tapes