Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2006 - Have You Seen The Other Side Of The Sky

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Have You Seen The Other Side Of The Sky

01. Attack from Planet Hattifatteners (3:04)
02. Buy the Moon of Jupiter (9:07)
03. Asimo's Naked Breakfast: Rice and Shrine (15:01)
04. I Wanna Be Your Bicycle Saddle (1:37)
05. Interplanetary Love (5:54)
06. The Tale of the Solar Sail-Dark Stars in the Dazzling Sky (30:30)

- Tsuyama Atsushi / bass, vocals, acoustic guitar
- Ono Ryoko/Alto sax, flute
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer
- Kawabata Makoto / electric guitars, electric sitar, sarangi
- Hiroshi Nar / guitar
- Uki Elji /drums

I mentioned it before: Acid Mothers Temple releases can be tricky. Some of their output is so incredibly dense and all-over the place that it remains an inaccessible wall of hullabaloo; Son of A Bitches Brew would fall into that category.

On the other hand: they know how to shake off the sweetest harmonies and melodies, as on La Novia or Pink Lady Lemonade. Luckily ‘Have you seen the other side of the sky’, a record from 2006, but only released on vinyl just now happens to be one of those more approachable Acid Mothers Temple albums. And I like it, a lot.

When I come to think about it, this could be the perfect Acid Mothers Temple starter record: you basically get to taste all their standard ingredrients, but they never go all obsessive on one of them. There's the traditional troubadour stuff, the wheezing space tricks, the chaotic noise, a short, crazy Japanese punk song and some long epic postrock grandeur. The only thing that's missing is the soft erotic artwork.

Another typical Temple thing is the recycling of their music: main ideas on the 30 minutes long closing track could be heard before on (at least) 'Does the cosmic shepherd dream of electric tapirs' and has recently been reworked on the 2014 record 'Astrorgasm from the inner space'. And it's not only their own catalogue that gets a treatment: on the outstanding, epic 'Asimo's naked breakfast: rice and shrine' you will recognize some Eagles tunes.

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