Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream Of Electric Tapirs
02. Suzie Sixteen Listen (4:37)
03. Hello Good Child Listen (8:01)
04. Assassin's Beautiful Daughter (9:02)
05. Dark Star Blues (25:13)
06. Transmigration Of Hop Heads (18:25)
Cotton Casino / vocals, beer & cigarettes
Tsuyama Atsushi / monster bass, vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, recorder, cosmic joker
Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer, dancin' king
Koizumi Hajime / drums, sleeping monk
Kawabata Makoto / electric guitars, electric sitar, hammond organ, electronics, voice, speed guru
How could I not pick up a record with two overt Philip K. Dick references (the title being a play on "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" and the final track, "The Transmigration of Hop Heads", a play on "The Transmigration of Timothy Archer"), not to mention the trippy, exploitative cover! Two words: impulse buy.
And a very enjoyable impulse buy it turned out to be! Though I've had a generally positive experience with Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. and Makoto Kawabata's Zappaesque shtick, I found Does the Cosmic Shepherd Dream of Electric Tapirs? to be far more cohesive than any other Acid Mothers records I'd heard. Favorites include "Suzie Sixteen", a melting face take on "In the Still of the Night", and the aforementioned "Transmigration", a seductive drone with lasting appeal.
The songs work together well, but individually they tend to fall short. Interesting themes rarely resurface, and though "Dark Star Blues" has many excellent moments, it overstays its welcome by a good 8 or 9 minutes. All told, an enjoyable introduction to The Other Mothers