Eiko Ishibashi – For McCoy (Black Truffle, LP/digital)

Good times for and with Eiko Ishibashi. Recently, the musical all-rounder released a melancholic jazz album perfect for late hours with Hiroshi Minami and wrote the score for the Haruki Murakami film adaption of »Drive My Car«. Now comes the next release on Oren Ambarchi's label Black Truffle: »For McCoy« also has a connection to the screen, because the album is dedicated to a character from the TV series »Law & Order«. How exactly the track »I Can Feel Guilty About Anything«, clocking in at more than half an hour, relates to the figure remains a mystery even after several listens. What becomes clear again though is that hardly anyone can mediate between musique concrète methods, jazz and pop like Ishibashi. With somnambulistic ease, she creates ever new sceneries, lets one musical image fade into the next. And at least the finale in the form of »Ask Me How I Sleep at Night« with Jim O'Rourke on double bass and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto on drums, with its discreet grooves, offers itself as a new theme song for a police series that has yet to be written.