Monthly Archives: February 2023



Utech Records is happy to present Subliminal Skull Palace Vol. 2, a second lengthy excursion into guitar music from Japan. This CD release contains seven tracks of exclusive music from several returning artists and several artists new to the series. A special unreleased Suzuki Junzo recording is included on the compilation as well as tracks from Tatsuya Goto (Joseph of Kirezi), Ikuma Kawabe (Dhidalah) & Rollo, Daoud Akira (Kikagaku Moyo), Masahiko Ohno (Solmania), Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple) and Mitsuru Tabata (Boredoms, Zeni Geva, Acid Mothers Temple).

Packaged in a heavy replica LP sleeve with obi. Illustration by Stefan Thanneur. Typography by Kevin Gan Yuen.

$16 only a few

Nikolaus Utermöhlen LP

Nikolaus Utermöhlen LP Karslbad La Scie Dorée

Edition of 500 with 8 page booklet

Reissue of Nikolaus Utermöhlen’s ‘Karlsbad’ album, originally released in 1989. Utermöhlen was a founding member of Die Tödliche Doris and this is his sole solo release. A collection of 23 witty oddball compositions for clarinet, accordion, percussion, recorder, violin, guitar, organ. It definitely has a Doris dose but even more so it shines for its totally singular mélange of tribal dada chamber folk, dilettante dissonant poetry, hard to compare with anything else. A slice of flamboyant wellness.  The recordings of this album were made for the ‘Georgette Meunier’ film by Tania Stöcklin and Cyrille Rey-Coquais.
Issued from the original master tapes and includes the 8 page booklet with engravings from the Karlsbad spa era.


Timo Van Luijk & Kris Vanderstraeten LP

Timo Van Luijk & Kris Vanderstraeten LP “Autour du lac d’Asselt” La Scie Dorée

Edition of 300

“Playing with Kris always reminds me of doing expeditions in a lake. Some kind of under water sound fiction observing sonic creatures. This album is a live recording (28-01-2012, Kunstencentrum Belgie, Hasselt, Belgium) which to me always felt like one of the best concerts we did. As with our previous album Arrêt au Lac Chimère Vincent de Roguin put his heart in editing and mixing the recordings, extending the dimensions of exploration to the deep bottom of the lake.”

Intriguing release with some light temporal effects


Elodie (Andrew Chalk & Timo Van Luijk) LP

Elodie (Andrew Chalk & Timo Van Luijk) LP Clareté Déserte – La Scie Dorée

Regular edition of 300 copies on black vinyl with offset printed sleeve

New 10 track studio album by Andrew Chalk and Timo van Luijk, recorded 2020-2021 at Impression Lointaine and Kulta Saha.

Forth unobserved I went
In darkness and security,
By the secret ladder, in disguise,
In secret, seen of none,
Oh night more lovely than the dawn!
Lost to all things and myself,
And, amid the lillies forgotten,
Threw all my cares away.


Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz LP Osaka Bridge

Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz LP Osaka Bridge – Karaoke Kalk

2023 version of the 2006 version


Youri Kun LP Renoir of the Toys

Youri Kun LP Renoir of the Toys

[An’37] Feb 10th

12″LP black vinyl, comes in a silkscreened jacket with obi (black or ivory), inserts and a postcard. Edition of 400

Printed by Alan Sherry & liner notes by Jon Dale

Renoir Of The Toys is a deep dive into the world of Youri Kun, the nom de plume of Japanese guitarist, singer and songwriter Hiroshi Nar. It follows a similar compilation, Unheld Ball, released in 2022 on Japanese label Inundow; like that album, Renoir Of The Toys draws from the rich catalogue of outsider psych-garage and rock recorded by Youri Kun over the past two decades. Deeply wired into the history of Japanese underground music, Nar was a founding member of legendary ‘70s outfit Datetenryu, and a member of both Brain Police (Zuno Keisatsu) and Les Ralllizes Dénudés (Hadaka No Rallizes), appearing on the latter’s ’77 Live.

After going to ground during the 1980s, Nar started making music with Niplets in the mid-90s, and releasing music at a prolific pace in 2000 – an excellent run of (sometimes archival) CD-Rs on the Hello Goodbye Studio label, both solo, and with his groups Molls, Niplets and Port Cuss; an album on P.S.F. by Jokers, where he was joined by fellow Rallizes member Yokai Takahashi, and drummer Toshiaki Ishizuka (Brain Police, Vajra, Cinorama, etc.); and sixteen albums (and counting) as Youri Kun, for labels Gyunne Cassette, Inundow, and Hören. He’s also fallen in with the Acid Mothers Temple crowd, guesting on a few of their albums, and recording a live set with Kawabata Makoto’s Nishinihon trio.

All Nar’s music shares a deceptive primitivism; it moves with the simplicity of the best 1960s garage punk, but its edges are blurred and stretched, allowing for all kinds of weird, elliptical, and psychedelic moves to happen in its margins. His guitar playing on songs like “Kakunin” (from 2011’s Yamaimo Boogie) shimmies and slurs magnificently; “Kurokami”, from 2012’s Su, has clanking six strings scrawling over loose, spaced-out synth; there are clunky psychobilly moves (“Oshiro no Ninjya”), spirited rave-ups for rattling organ and sputtering guitar (“Totsugeki”), and some lovely, drowsy, melancholy moments (“Sora”). The constant throughout is Nar’s blues-blurred, drawling voice, as unique a tool as the non-idiomatic speak-sing styles of solo Syd Barrett, Jad Fair, or Dave E. McManus. There are also three Les Rallizes Dénudés covers here, where Nar locates the pop genius at the heart of songs like “Shiroi Yoru” and amplifies this with his simple garage-reverential take on things. Renoir Of The Toys is yet more evidence that Hiroshi Nar was, and is, one of Japan’s musical visionaries, a lonesome voice dedicated to a singular, streamlined vision, one that’s in eternal pursuit of the joy and kicks at the heart of rock’n’roll, and a reminder of what a great, unpretentious rock’n’roller truly