• acid mothers temple & the melting paraiso u.f.o. Lord of the Underground: Vishnu and the Magic Elixir (CD, £11.50)

    label: Alien8

    This album is made up entirely of new studio recordings that have captured the band in fantastic form. The band is flying at full speed dishing out 3 slabs of Turkish Psych meets Krautrock, served up Acid Mothers Temple style. The opening cut, “Eleking the Clay”, is a smoker that bears some resemblance to their well known ‘hit’, “La Novia”. The speed guru, a.k.a. Kawabata Makoto, is on fire and mesmerizes us with his speed and fury on this track. His guitar playing is so quick it becomes difficult to differentiate the actual notes being played as you are overtaken by the speed and repetitive nature of the track. In this respect it also brings to mind their fantastic rendition of Terry Riley’s minimalist anthem “In C”: the same notes repeating over and over until they start to coalesce and take a new shape. Next up is a short piece written by bass player and multi-instrumentalist Atsushi Tsuyama who is credited with monster bass, voice, acoustic guitar, alto recorder, flute, toy trumpet and kazoo. If you have ever witnessed the band live, you are aware of what a huge presence bassist Atsushi Tsuyama is within a live context and it is equally the case on Lord of the Underground. This track, entitled “Sorcerer’s Stone of the Magi”, serves as an intermission if you will; it is a nice gentle piece of outsider folk that allows you to brace yourself for the epic title track. The final cut takes its time to deliver its message and sees the band in familiar territory. Here they enjoy some of their more playful influences, such as Frank Zappa and Incredible String Band, and blend them with their patented spaced out electronics.

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