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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Electric Dream Ecstasy

by Jeff Penczak Rating:8 Release Date:2018-04-18
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Electric Dream Ecstasy
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Electric Dream Ecstasy

Wikipedia lists over 125 albums from the Acid Mothers and myriad offshoots, and I’m sure they’ve missed a few dozen more. Easily the most prolific band of the past 20 years, the Japanese psych legends return with another mind-melting series of tunes-cum-jams that will curl chest hairs and fry brain cells at 100 paces. Kawabata Makoto is a 21st century psychedelic Zappa, leading his parade of potheaded pixies through elongated jams, serpentining ferocious, paint-peeling solos around long time “noodle god” Higashi Hiroshi’s star wars electronics and space age bachelor pad synths that feel like the pinball wizard has just discovered a new toy.

Part 1 of ‘From Planet Orb With Love’ flutters around the room on starbeams and moonglows, longtime vocalist Cotton Casino’s replacement Jyonson Tsu stepping in for melodic pronouncements wrapped around Makoto’s admittedly buried vocalizing…, but then, you’re not here for the lyrics, such as they are!

AMT have been bending, twisting, rearranging, and rerecording ‘Pink Lady Lemonade’ for so long, it’s become their signature tune. (The original stems from their limited edition (50) second cassette back in ’97.) Yet, each rendition feels like a different vibe, often a different tune with the familiar title grafted on. The continuation of the opening track, here ‘Pink Lady Lemonade’ is parenthetically appended with ‘(You’re My Orb)’, and it’s a dreamy, acoustic exploration of inner space, a journey up your navel to discover the inner harmonies that make you tick. Hiroshi’s streaking synths emulate celestial fly-bys as thoughts progress from behind your eyelids to the dark regions of SETI expectations.

The vinyl version’s sidelong closer (19 minutes on the CD) serves up another cool, refreshing dose of ‘Pink Lady Lemonade’, parenthetically supplying the album’s title, ‘(Electric Dream Ecstasy)’. It bursts out of the gate with a Krautrockin’, pulsating, motorific beat like something Giorgio Moroder dreamt up for Midnight Express crossed with the dancefloor magnetism of a Depeche Mode or A Flock of Seagulls. Hiroshi’s synths surf across the sky while snappy drumming from Satoshima Nani keeps things moving along at a hectic pace. It may be the ultimate ‘Pink Lady Lemonade’ yet, but I’m sure they’ve got many more variations up their sleeves awaiting their next release, which will probably drop in a week or two, knowing these guys, who’ve redefined the concept of prolific!

The CD version is highlighted with a bonus interpretation of David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me soundtrack favourite, ‘Sycamore Trees’, with Makoto wringing every dark, swaggering emotion out of his 6 string, while Tsu hauntingly trawls through the lyrics like a banshee conjuring demons from the depths of hell. It may be AMTs bluesiest, slowest concoction yet, and Lynch/Badalamenti fans will either appreciate the bold (re)arrangement or Frisbee the disc out the nearest window. I think it’s safe to say they’ve been listening to The Return’s soundtrack for inspiration – this is as somnambulistic as some of its most memorable selections and I hope Lynch coaxes them onstage for a future session at the Roadhouse in the return of The Return.

And be sure to find a comfortable spot on the floor to sit crosslegged while staring at the album cover. I swear either it or you (or both) will start moving before the album ends!

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