Kunio Suma (須磨邦雄) - 森の境界 A Boundary of the Forest (August 7, 2019)
Wow, this just popped up on HMV. You might not recognize the name, but Kunio Suma is the guitarist/vocalist for the rightfully beloved Bi Kyo Ran. He'll be releasing a solo album later this year. His last solo release was in 2007 according to the band's website and the blurb on HMV.



2007年ソロ・デビュー作『SOLOSOLO』から実に12年の時を経て遂に完成したファン待望のソロ第2弾。 前作となる『SOLOSOLO』は、プログレッシヴ・ロックのみならずアヴァン/チェンバー/ブラス・ロック、さらに須磨氏の音楽的ルーツでもあるハード・ロック/ブルーズのエッセンスまで解放した、美狂乱のリーダーのイメージにとらわれない氏の音楽性の豊かさを改めて示した。 その魅力は、2004年に発表された美狂乱名義による異色作、“クロ高”ことアニメ『魁!!クロマティ高校』サントラ盤でも存分に発揮されている。

本作は、前作のエッセンス/多様性を継承しつつも、よりシリアス、かつ楽曲/構成面でもトータル性を持たせた一作。 小品をメインに、パラノイアックな楽曲とブラス&ストリング・サウンドを配した重奏な楽曲を絶妙に織り交ぜ、より美狂乱のテイスト/スタイルに近似した内容となっている。 1997年作『狂暴な音楽』以来、完全新作としては実に22年ぶりとなる美狂乱の最新スタジオ作も、間もなくレコーディング開始との報。 遂に本格的な復活を果たす美狂乱への期待をいやがうえにも盛り上げる、バンドはもとよりプログレッシヴ・ロックファン要注目の1枚である!!

須磨邦雄 -- Composer, EGtr, AGtr, BsGtr, Vocal, Chorus, Drum Pattern Programing
須磨和声 -- Violin
三枝晴美 -- Vocal
柴田 鑑 -- Saxes, Chorus
能村亮平 -- DrumKit on 1
山田昭典 -- EBass on 1
岡田 勉 -- SoundMix on 1

Quote:01. 森の境界 A Boundary Of The Forest
02. ギターと似非オーケストラの曖昧な記憶 1 A Vague Tune # 1
03. 俺は古びたマシーン I am Old Machine
04. ギターと似非オーケストラの曖昧な記憶 2 A Vague Tune # 2
05. ムカデ A Centipede
06. ギターと似非オーケストラの曖昧な記憶 3 A Vague Tune # 3
07. 夜鷹 The Fonzonight
08. ギターと似非オーケストラの曖昧な記憶 4 A Vague Tune # 4
09. 不思議な空 funny Sky
10. 雨の唄鳥 SONGBIRD in the Rain
11. ギターと似非オーケストラの曖昧な記憶 5 A Vague Tune # 5
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That's pretty cool stuff. Looking forward to one of the samples!
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The description of his debut solo album is raising my eyebrows. "Avant-garde/chamber/brass rock?" What? Laugh

I'm not sure we'll get any samples of this though. I'll happily buy it blind anyway just because this is way too interesting to pass up. It's been 12 years since anyone from Bi Kyo Ran has done any new music after all.
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Any familiar names in that cast of musicians at all?
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I don't recognize any of them, but 須磨和声 (the violin guy) is actually Kunio Suma's son! Also he has a twin brother! Oh
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Very intriguing. I've got no idea what he might do given his description, but I can't wait for a preview.
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Well this was a great album. The opening, self-titled song is 16 minutes long which always catches my attention. It's hard to describe, but it's indeed similar to Bi Kyo Ran so if you like them this is basically a slam dunk. I'll upload a song later.
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Alright here's a sample for you guys since likely there will never be an official one. It's the third track off the album. It's somewhat representative I guess, but keep in mind that interlude numbers (the "A Vague Tune" ones) are all quite different. It's a pretty weird album at any rate.

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