Saturday, May 30, 2015

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2015 - High on New Heaven, Live in New Haven

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2015
High on New Heaven, Live in New Haven




01. Born Free, Stone Free
02. In Search of Lost Divine Arc
03. Pink Lady Lemonade - Including OM Riff From The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Part One
04. Pink Lady Lemonade - Including OM Riff From The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Part Two
05. Cometary Orbital Drive
06. Space Speed Suicide

Tsuyama Atsushi (bass, voice, recorder, percussion, cosmic joker)
Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer, percussion, voice, dancin’king)
Tabata Mitsuru (electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, voice, maratab)
Satoshima Nani (drums, another dimension)
Kawabata Makoto (electric & acoustic guitar, electric sitar, bouzouki, electric sho, electronics, hurdy-gurdy, percussion, field recording, voice, speed guru).




Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. celebrates it’s 20th year as Japan’s premiere psychedelic freak-out collective with the release of this intimate live 4/20 recording. Recorded on site at Cafe Nine in downtown New Haven, CT, Kawabata and crew delivered a solid live show totally deserving of the holiday it was conceived on. Sometimes heavy, sometimes slow and quiet, the set endlessly climbed through the frequencies delivering the fuzzy and hypnotic to a sweaty, gleeful, bleary-eyed room of psychedelic enthusiasts.

“Today is 420, so please, High On!”

This is a fantastic live cd and a must have. It is fairly representative of a their concerts and is a must have. I love it and if I could I would give it a ten star rating. My only complaint is that I wish they would release a full concert album. Hurry and Get it! You will not be disappointed. Play loud and play often. With headphones they are a real trip. Man, these guys have shown me that the sixties have never ended....

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2015 - Benzaiten

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2015
Benzaiten






01. Benzaiten 17:54
02. December Stops 19:06
03. Benzaiten Reprise 18:18
04. Benzaiten Coda 14:06

Tsuyama Atsushi (bass, voice, recorder, percussion, cosmic joker)
Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer, percussion, voice, dancin’king)
Tabata Mitsuru (electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, voice, maratab)
Satoshima Nani (drums, another dimension)
Kawabata Makoto (electric & acoustic guitar, electric sitar, bouzouki, electric sho, electronics, hurdy-gurdy, percussion, field recording, voice, speed guru).





Another smoker from Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O., in typically fine form. Benzaiten is an In C-style homage to the classic Osamu Kitajima record Benzaiten (1973). Acid Mothers Temple covers the title-track and reprise using Kitajima's original composition as a departure point to explore the outer realms of AMT territory. Further instrumental explorations reveal textures of the original composition while launching out further into the cosmic domain. Numerous Acid Mothers originals are scattered in between. Benzaiten!

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2014 - Astrorgasm From The Inner Space

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2014
Astrorgasm From The Inner Space




01. Dark Star Blues
02. Pleasure Mantra of Sorrows
03. Kiss in the Tangerine Dream House
04. Astrorgasm From the Inner Space

Kawabata Makoto: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bouzouki, sarangi, tambura, harmonium, electronics, tape, yangqin, drums, engineer, mixing, producer
Jiji No Hoppetaroman: tabla
Tabata Mitsuru: guitar, synthesizer
Higashi Hiroshi: synthesizer
Shimura Koji: drums
Ichiraku Yoshimitsu: drums
Tsuyama Atsushi: bass, acoustic guitar
Cotton Casino: voice, guitar


Acid Mothers Temple’s albums usually seem to come across as polarizing experiences. Sometimes there’s something incredibly wonderful about the psychedelic rock the band pushes out, whilst other times, it all feels a little bit too indulgent and over-bearing. On the bands’ latest album ‘Astrorgasm From The Inner Space’, Acid Mothers Temple once again bombard their listeners with an unrelenting and incredibly explosive psychedelic rock workout. There’s nothing new about ‘Astrorgasm From The Inner Space’, though this appears to be one of the albums that falls into the enjoyable category of Acid Mothers Temple albums.

The new album from the somewhat absurd psychedelic rock band featured four newly recorded compositions, all lasting roughly 20 minutes each in length. There’s a great range of style and ideas being presented by the band on the new record though, ranging from the freak-out sections that dominate many tracks, to very peculiar almost ambient passages, as well as other little instrumental passages of varying styles. It’s an incredibly challenging listen, but for the most part, it feels like Acid Mothers Temple are presenting their listeners with a more cohesive listening experience, or at least as cohesive as Acid Mothers Temple could ever get. There’s actually a lot to enjoy here, with Acid Mothers Temple sounding at arguably their best, with the whole listening experience being full of twists and turns and psychedelic blow-outs that really challenge the listeners.

The bands’ music is always something to be desired of course. The incredibly lengthy tracks are always a lot to chew, resulting in very challenging listening experiences. Whilst there’s actually a fair amount to be enjoyed here, there’s still a lot to really get through. At times, Acid Mothers Temple demonstrate some wonderful instrumental passages, some of which almost border on the accessible, though at other times it all descends into the madness the band is known for. It’s pleasing to some, though there’s an almost tiring element to the whole effect, as we’ve heard it so many times before.

‘Astrorgasm From The Inner Space’ is certainly challenging, but so is any other Acid Mothers Temple album. It’s incredibly bizarre and indulgent music for the mad, and there’s something incredibly enjoyable about that. In terms of other Acid Mothers Temple albums, ‘Astrorgasm From The Inner Space’ seems to come across as a very strong experience, standing alongside ‘Electric Heavyland’ and ‘St. Captain Freakout And The Magic Bamboo Request’. Something about the four tracks being presented at this time by Acid Mothers Temple just seems to work incredibly well, with the whole thing being a wonderful yet maddening album experience.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2013 - In Search Of The Lost Divine Arc

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2013
In Search Of The Lost Divine Arc




01. Space Speed Suicide (5:01)
02. Born Free Stone Free (16:49)
03. Skillfiul Grinning Skull (4:57)
04. Escape Horoscopes (2:57)
05. Babe, I'm gonna Reave You (7:24)
06. In Search of Lost Divine Ark (19:32)

- Tsuyama Atsushi / bass, voice, flute, pipe
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer
- Shimura Koji / drums
- Tabata Mitsuru / guitar, guitar-synthesizer, maratab
- Kawabata Makoto / guitar, bouzouki, electric sitar, hurdy gurdy




Seeing Acid Mothers Temple on stage, you get an air of calm from the band, they're very comfortable up there, and they playfully unleash a sonic menagerie of sounds that wash over and bounce around everywhere. Sometimes a bit slower and in droning fashion, and at other times loud and strong. This recent LP "In Search of Lost Divine Ark" starts out as if the gas pedal is all the way down. The first song "Space Speed Suicide" starts everything with a huge roar, a loud Hawkwind-esque barrage of distortion and pulsating solo guitar rants. An as usual spacey quality surrounds the tracks here, which are all strong numbers, the extended "Born Free Stone Free" and "In Search of Lost Divine Ark" being standouts. The former tune is reminiscent of recent work by Master Musicians of Bukkake.

Perhaps part of it's strength comes from being released on experimental music label Important Records. First issues came on beautiful light blue swirled vinyl, with second pressings being on black. The LP packaging is stunning in addition, with an uncoated thick stock gatefold cover with wonderful, rather subdued and minimal, artwork than what they usually produce for their releases. Will hope for much more of this sort of thing from them in the future. Highly recommended.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - 2013 - Doobie Wonderland

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno
2013
Doobie Wonderland




01. Do You Remember Doobie Wonderland? (21:56)
02. Planet Golden Love (12:44)
03. Dance With Space Gypsy Queen (13:05)
04. M.J.Love 666 (18:39)
05. Shining O and Jupiter 8 (11:37)

- Kawabata Makoto / guitar, electronics, speedguru
- Pika? / drums, voice, cosmic shaman
- Tabata Mitsuru / bass, voice, maratab
- Higashi Hiroshi / synthesizer, dancin' king
- Shimura Koji / drums, latino cool



You gotta just love this CD's cover. 'Doobie Wonderland' truly deserves a five-star rating but with it's duration of 78:03, in all honesty - this disc may be a bit too lengthy for some (even old school) Acid Mothers fans. Starts off with the tripping / (sort of) funky - maybe disco semi-inspired (?) twenty-two minute "Do You Remember Doobie Wonderland?" that does feature some (a bit) disappointing female vocals - however very shortly after that - this tune (fully) progresses into your typical Acid Mothers Temple acidic guitar freak-out. Also got a lot out of the wonderfully cosmic "Planet Golden Love", the superb AMT galactic ~psych~ journey of the eighteen-minute epic "M. J. Love 66" and the similar "Shining O And Jupiter". Unlike most Acid Mothers Temple CD releases, this piece comes with a must-have / irreplaceable eight-page CD booklet. You just really need to check out some of these (unreal) pics. Essential.

Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid - 2013 - Black Magic Satori

Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid
2013
Black Magic Satori






01. Black Magic Satori
02. Devil Inside
03. Space Paranoid

Tabata Mitsuru : bass, voice, maratab
Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, dancin’king
Okano Futoshi : drums, godspeed
Kawabata Makoto : guitars, speed guru





Japan's premiere psych collective come together again and form Acid Mothers Temple & Space Paranoid. More stoner rock than psych, this collection of tracks emulate Black Sabbath in all the best ways possible. Slow, doomy starts lead to endless jams and stoner drone.
You never know what yr gonna get, with an Acid Mother’s record. The infamous Japanese psych collective ply at least 3 unique genres: straight-up space rock/classic psych, a la Pink Floyd; sludge/stoner/doom, a la Black Sabbath; and what someone described as space folk, a mixture of acapella, acoustic instruments, and traditional music from various parts of the world, shot through with the music of the spheres.

Black Magic Satori falls heavily into the stoner/doom camp, with the band taking Sabbath’s leaden grooves into Hawkwind‘s space station. The band, dubbed Space Paranoid for the occasion, is a stripped down version of the sprawling collective, with a very rock ‘n roll line-up of guitars, bass, drums and synth. This is more of a streamlined, garage psychedelia, than the sometimes dense psychedelic symphonies of The Melting Paraiso UFO It tastes of cheap booze and bad speed; it reeks of gasoline and napalm and chromo. You’ll feel like you’re shooting through a wormhole on White Cross, white knuckles gripping the command console.

controlpanel9Each of Black Magic Satori’s 3 tracks, the title track, “Devil Inside”, and “Space Paranoid” (a spacey and far-out version of Paranoid, by Sabbath), follows a similar template – starts off with a solid and steady repetitive riff, either guitar or bass or often both, which then builds, loops and layers, crashing into crescendo, and finally, breaking free from the atmosphere, into the pearly night.

“Black Magic Satori” and “Devil Inside” are the main attraction here, with the former a colossal 16 minutes, and the latter coming in at 10. These are miniature sci-fi psychodramas, that could transport yr commute or Friday evening into intergalactic intrigue and adventure. The title-track is the higher-fi of the two, and i would dub it a staple to AMT’s cannon; truly thrilling stuff! The embellishments of Okano Futoshi trancey breakbeats and Higashi Hiroshi‘s burbling oscillators makes this some next level galactic tsunami, that is bound to pry yr third eye open with amethyst, leaving the taste of wet sabretooth tiger fur on yr tongue.

“Devil Inside” is the lo-fi twin shadow of “Black Magic Satori”; it’s a real crunchy bummer flick of mongoloid guitars, spasmotic drums, and canned incantations. This is like some interdimensional biker gang coming to yr town. Godspeed You! black wizard. H. P. Lovecraft meets The Wild Ones.

“Space Paranoid” is a lagniappe, a nice excuse to hear the musicians flail and freak. There’s some essential flying fretwork from Kawabata, and some intense Vishnu-work from Okano Futoshi – what an awesome drummer! I’ve heard permutations and ramifications of Paranoid in their live set, so it’s nice to have a version laid to wax.

The pared-back line-up really lets you hear and appreciate each individual player here, each one a top notch jammer. I really love the addition of the synth, on top of the biker grooves, which gives BMS a unique flourish. One lesson we can take from AMT is:

EVERYTHING SOUNDS BETTER WITH REVERB.

I also really like how the stable, repetitive riffs lets the drums slice up and subdivide each beat, giving a powerful thrash funk feel; loose and tight at the same time.

hallpsyhI’ve always been fond of AMT’s stoner/sludge side – it might even be my favorite of their manifestations. I love the power and force of the riff, cranked and jacked all the way up. It’s a heavy metal minimalism, a 150 W meditation. It’s a lovely (and essential) mixture of metal, retro SF and mysticism.

Acid Mother’s back-catalog is monolithic, so i just picked the second to newest, to get a flavor what they’ve been up to. Going to see them tonight at Mississippi Studios. If you live in Portland, you can too.

This might seem like a surprising leap, from the last 2 days posting, but the threads of witchcraft run through Black Magic Satori. It’s like some troupe of nature worshipers come across some extraterrestrial monolith in the forest, which spontaneously gives them electricity, as well as telepathic powers. The cult begin worshiping the monolith with electric instruments, frenzy and abandon.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2012 - Son Of A Bitches Brew

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2012
Son Of A Bitches Brew





01. Son Of A Bitches Brew (17:15)
02. Helen Buddha: Miss Condom X (7.01)
03. Fellatioh's Dance Also Bitch's Blow (12:21)
04. Water Babies Kill Kill Kill (19.10)
05. Theme From Violence Jack Johnson (5:30)
06. Tabata Mitsuru (3:31)
07. Sweet Peanut Vs. Macedonian Beauty (8:38)

Tsuyama Atsushi - bass guitar, vocals
Higashi Hiroshi - synthesizer, guitar, vocals
Shimura Koji - drums
Kawabata Makoto - guitar, vocals



Do you know what I like even more than Acid Mothers Temple? Miles Davis' 70's Fusion period. Here, Acid Mothers pay tribute to that period of Miles career. From the song titles, to references in the music itself (most recognizable to my ears is a bit of Moja from Dark Magus, which Kawabata sprinkles in here and there throughout this album.) This album also sees the welcome return of Cotton Casino back to the fold. Her other worldly vocals reminiscent of a sound Acid Mothers haven't had for years. The primary instrument used, aside from Kawabata's shredding guitar, is a Fender Rhodes piano, which also hints at Miles' 1970's repertoire. While the song titles hint at parody, Acid Mothers pay due tribute to one of history's funkiest, freest bands.

Yamamoto Seiichi & Acid Mothers Temple - 2012 - Giga Psychedelia

Yamamoto Seiichi & Acid Mothers Temple
2012
Giga Psychedelia



01 Shine on Your Crazy Dynamite 20:29
02 Back Door Man of Ghost Rails Inn - La Nòvia 22:42
03 Pink Lady Lemonade - Including Grandson of a Bitches Brew 35:02

    Yamamoto Seiichi : guitar
    Tsuyama Atsushi : bass, voice, soprano sax, soprano recorder
    Koji Shimira : drums
    Kawabata Makoto : guitar, voice
    Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer, voice
    Tabata Mitsuru : guitar, guitar-synthesizer, voice

live recorded at Tokuzo (Nagoya) “AMT Festival vol.10? on 10th Dec. 2011




The third showdown between Yamamoto Seiichi and Acid Mothers Temple! Marvel at the psychedelic, metaphysical demolishing of the AMT repertory! This is it, your one-way ticket to the Galactic Railroad! No return possible!!

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - 2012 - Chaos Unforgiven Kisses Or Grateful Dead Kennedys

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno
2012
Chaos Unforgiven Kisses Or Grateful Dead Kennedys






01. Enough To Make You Fuck By Two Fingers (16:15)
02. Grateful Bedtime For Fresh Pussy Landscape (16:38)
03. How Does It Feel To Be The Acid Mothers Of 1000 Grateful Dead? (20:57)

- Opera / Drums, Violin, Voice, Operatic Bomb
- Tabata Mitsuru / bass, voice, maratab
- Higashi Hiroshi / electronics, dancin'king
- Shimura Koji / drums, latino cool
- Kawabata Makoto / guitar, guitar synthesizer, tambura, speed guru

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2011 - The Ripper At The Heaven’s Gates Of Dark

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2011
The Ripper At The Heaven’s Gates Of Dark




01. Chinese Flying Saucer (12:03)
02. Chakra 24 (4:07)
03. Back Door Man Of Ghost Rails Inn (15:17)
04. Shine on You Crazy Dynamite (21:57)
05. Electric Death Mantra (19:22)

Tsuyama Atsushi - monster bass, voice, soprano sax, cimpo flute, soprano recorder, acoustic guitar, cosmic joker
Higashi Hiroshi - synthesizer, dancin'king
Shimura Koji - drums, latino cool
Kawabata Makoto - electric guitar, electric bouzouki, sitar, organ, percussion, electronics, speed guru



The renowned Japanese Cosmic freak-out heavyweights return with a brand new studio album and tour, marking ten years since their mothership first descended on the UK ....

Now a steady four piece led by Kawabata Makoto (guitar) and including Tsuyama Atsushi (bass/vocals), Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer/guitar) and Shimura Koji (drums). The collective recorded the album in the aftermath of the Japan disaster at their mountaintop retreat where the collective still reside.

With the exception of the album's opener 'Chinese Flying Saucer' and it's unashamedly obvious musical references to Led Zeppelin II (hello 1969!) the rest of the album locks into a much more laid-back groove than on recent AMT releases. This dynamic shift is best displayed on the 22 minute jam, 'Shine On You Crazy Dynamite' and also the album's closer 'Electric Death Mantra'. The band opt for less frantic explosions of electric guitar overload and fuzz, replacing those elements with a more epic, blissed-out and at times brooding Japanese psychedelia, with more emphasis on acoustic guitars, sitar, organ, synthesiser and at times, really trippy vocals (most prevalent on 'Back Door Man Of Ghost Rails Inn'), recalling the twisted psychedelics of early Pink Floyd. Yet still, their sound remains so expansive that it is easy to become totally immersed in this album.

Epic in proportions, cloaked in a cosmic haze and shimmering in a synth utopia. 'The Ripper At Heaven's Gates Of Dark' maintains AMT's status as masters of out-of-this-world music and reveals their darker side of the moon.

CD is limited to 1500 copies, and is packaged in a special first edition 350gsm card gatefold sleeve. Repress will be in standard sleeve.

Double vinyl edition limited to 500 copies for the world and features slightly different sleeve artwork.

Acid Mothers Temple SWR - 2011 - Stones, Women and Records at Taku Taku 2009

Acid Mothers Temple SWR
2011
Stones, Women and Records at Taku Taku 2009





01 Today I Remained Utterly Unmoved When I dug Up the Time Capsule I Buried Three Days Ago...
02 The Stiff Neck Quartet
03 Keep Your Sticky Mitts Off the Azuki Futures Market! Part 1 ~ Alibi Lullaby
04 Super Golden Special Campaign
05 March of the Planetary Monks (Those Who Seek the True Path of Fidgeting Meditation)
06 Jazz - The Approaching Beggar
07 Keep Your Sticky Mitts Off the Azuki Futures Market! Part 2 ~ Part 100

Tatsuya Yoshida: drums, sampler, voice, producer, mix engineer
Atsushi Tsuyama: bass guitar, voice
Makoto Kawabata: guitar, guitar synthesizer
Kazutoki Umezu: saxophone
Seiichi Yamamoto: guitar



'Let's do that exact same thing that we always do, but with one twist...'

'Oh? What's that?'

'We put a sax on it!'

'Yeah! No, wait... we did that last week.'

"Oh...' *scratches head* 'I know! Let's keep the sax... but add the guitarist from Boredoms!'

'Kawabata, you're a genius.'

Acid Mothers Temple SWR - 2011 - Sax & The City

Acid Mothers Temple SWR 
2011
Sax & The City



01 The Jetplane of the Derangement 5:59
02 Feng Shui Infected Schweitzer - A Free Agent Declaration 7:56
03 Sax, Truck, Doujiima Roll 6:48
04 To Our Parents "Parents" Parents 7:18
05 No Stone, No Woman, No Record 8:31
06 Sax & The City 3:04
07 Timeless Kitchen 6:55
08 Battle of Komeido 4:18

Tatsuya Yoshida: drums, keyboard, voice, engineer, mixing, editing, artwork
Atsushi Tsuyama: bass, voice, flute
Makoto Kawabata: guitar, guitar synthesizer
Kazutoki Umezu: clarinet, alto saxophone




'Let's do that exact same thing that we always do, but with one twist...'

'Oh? What's that?'

'We put a sax on it!'

'Kawabata, you're a genius.'

Yamamoto Seiichi & Acid Mothers Temple - 2011 - Mega Psychedelia

Yamamoto Seiichi & Acid Mothers Temple
2011
Mega Psychedelia



01 Space Introduction ~ Planet Dreaming Turtles ~ Brain Stormbringer 27:02
02 Electric ~ Pink Lady Lemonade Acid 2009 36:56
03 Cometary Orbital Driver ~  Mega Psychedelia or Absolutely Mu 15:09

Yamamoto Seiichi : guitar
Tsuyama Atsushi : bass, voice, acoustic guitar
Shimura Koji : drums
Higashi Hiroshi : synthesizer
Kawabata Makoto : guitar, electric bouzouki, electronics



Recorded at Tokuzo (Nagoya) “AMT Festival vol.8? on 12th Dec. 2009





Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno - 2011 - For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Goofy Funk

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno
2011
For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Goofy Funk





01. Space Hurricane Funky Night (14:51)
02. Sick Of Heaven Or Hell (6:25)
03. For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Goofy Funk? (29:58)
04. Force Of Obsession (10:25)

- Pikacyu / drums, voice, cosmic shaman
- Tabata Mitsuru / bass, voice, maratab
- Higashi Hiroshi / electronics, dancin'king
- Shimura Koji / drums, latino cool
- Kawabata Makoto / guitar, guitar synthesizer, tambura, speed guru

Given away at the gig “Chaotic Acid Noise Fes 2011!!” for the first time.
Limited 1000 copies



Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - 2011 - Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Inner Space

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
2011
Pink Lady Lemonade - You're From Inner Space



01. Part 1 (31:59)
02. Part 2 (5:00)
03. Part 3 (10:33)
04. Part 4 (18:39)

- Shimura Koji / Drums
- Kawabata Makoto / Guitar, Guitar Synthesizer
- Higashi Hiroshi / Synthesizer
- Tsuyama Atsushi / Bass, Vocals



Anyone who has ever witnessed Acid Mothers Temple live has more than likely heard them perform Pink Lady Lemonade. It’s a staple of their live sets and has been released in various forms over the years on of now out of print releases. It is offered here for the first time in double vinyl and single CD editions.

While Pink Lady Lemonade is a single piece of epic proportions, it comes off more like a very cohesive full-length recording, as the tune is broken down into four separate movements. The record’s first movement runs for about 30 minutes and introduces the album’s central motif, a mesmerizing and repetitive guitar riff. The track eventually dissolves into a particular jazzy section that has the band frantically freaking out somewhere between ragtime and Sun Ra. This jazz-inspired section ends rather abruptly after just under six minutes, yet it’s enough to radically alter the previous vibe and prepare oneself for the third movement.

The third segment marks the return of main riff being played in a very gentle manner with slight processing on Kawabata Makoto’s guitar and additional synth action from Higashi Hiroshi being panned in and out of the mix. The results are very intriguing and verge into psychoacoustic territory. The effect of the layered sounds is reminiscent of that experienced when listening to the music of contemporary classical composer Luigi Nono, whose compositions created something entirely new out of manipulating taped recordings of vocalists and orchestras.

Pink Lady Lemonade maintains the same heavy spiritual qualities that so much of the Acid Mothers output does, but the hippy elements are kept a little further at bay and instead replaced with an artier drone component. The effect of the cascading drone alongside the full band playing is both refreshing and strange, almost as if you were listening to two different pieces of music being performed simultaneously.

For the remainder of the recording it’s the guitar heroics of Speed Guru, a.k.a. Kawabata Makoto, going head to head with Hiroshi’s droning synth madness. These occasionally subside here and there to allow some drum and bass flourishes to find a moment to compete for the listener’s attention. When all is said and done the journey of this album is one that is frantic yet calming at the same time, thanks to very gentle opening and closing to the recording.

Pink Lady Lemonade will be release in a digipak CD edition and two separate gatefold double LP editions on color vinyl (either yellow or pink/black) limited to 500 copies each. Both formats feature the amazing collage artwork of Felix Morel.