Vinyl LP pressing includes bonus CD edition. 2014 album from remarkably pedigreed but rarely recorded Japanese legend Hiroyuki Usui (Ghost, Fushitsusha, L, Marble Sheep, A-Musik, August Born, etc.), SINGS THE BLUES is raw and gripping, like a darker version of his all-time classic Folk-Psych work HOLY LETTERS. Performed by Usui alone on voice, guitar, banjo, bass, steel guitar and cornet, the music is blunt and rough around the edges - a Tonight's the Night-like off-handedness that increases the feeling of existential seriousness. Like HOLY LETTERS, most of these tracks are undeniably Blues, but there's nary a familiar progression or guitar phrase. Vocals are a whisper, accompanied by simple guitar or banjo. Clever overdubs add to a few of the tracks - untutored blats of cornet here, some electronic static there. If you like Loren Connors, Simon Finn, Jandek, Kan Mikami, Six Organs, etc., this is for you.