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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Absolutely Freak Out (Zap Your Mind !!) (Static Caravan/Resonant)

Source: Purchased used, from Paul's CD's for $12, on 16 Aug 2002.

Two hours of Acid Mothers Temple is a lot but they brought along the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. again, so
you know it's going to be the freaky-deakyest jams this side of Nagoya. Lots of fast stereo panning suggests that they've discovered the HyperDraw feature; when they really get cooking with the boogie-psyche, the panning's enough to make your brain melt (which is exactly the idea). The middle of each disc features solo vocal pieces by Suzuki Chisen, and they're an awesome center to each half: the second time, some fucked up guitar feedback sings along like the ghost of disc 1 and it's wonderful and insane. These discs are put together well, as there's a lot of attention paid to sequencing. Each track is made up of several shorter movements but the discs work as a unified whole. We get lots of rock, usually riff-heavy and effects-laden as you'd expect, but also some smaller, more exploratory pieces. Whenever Cotton Casino gets on the mic it's like the record has been taken over by syphilitic lizards (at a laser show). 'The Incipient Light of the Echoes' opens the second CD by going the classic minimalist composers route, and it's nice (if viewed as a tribute to Riley, Reich and/or Glass) to calm down a bit before the next rollercoaster ride. Also, while staring at the awesome cover art, the xylophony stuff is a nice mood setter. Of course it woulda looked better as an LP but then we wouldn't get the CD bonus tracks (one of which is disc 1 track 1, so the LP must have a totally different "feel").

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