Massive new album from the shamanic Japanese underground duo Vava Kitora that features Sachiko (Kousokuya/Overhang Party et al) and Yama-akago. Sachiko describes the duo as “an expression of ancient techniques of witchcraft through the medium of mostly voice-based improvisation.” The Spinning Song consists of two long tracks. The opening track is an improvisation using voice, bells and electronics that coheres in waves of Patty Waters-esque hysteria. Both voices are dosed with delay, creating echoing tunnels of rubbered tongue that leave ghostly afterimages hanging in the air. The second piece is based around a state of reverie and trance experienced by Yama-akago in the presence of what she believed to be a recently deceased friend. It’s a mesmerising performance, with arcs of wordless angelic vocals and distant drones that reflects on aspects of the devotional music of Arvo Part, early Grouper, Goblin’s Suspiria soundtrack and the medieval ritual of Keiji Haino’s Nijiumu. Comes with extensive English liner notes from Alan Cummings. Highly recommended.