Exposé Online banner

Acidmothersguruguru — Psychedelicnavigator
(Important Records imprec160, 2007, CD)

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. — Crystal Rainbow Pyramid under the Stars
(Important Records IMPREC146, 2007, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01

Psychedelicnavigator Cover artCrystal Rainbow Pyramid under the Stars Cover art

Here we have a brand spanking new full length album from Acid Mothers Temple featuring their recent addition of female vocalist Kitagawa Hao. AMT front man Kawabata Makoto claims, half-jokingly, that this new release has the "cleanest sound in AMT history!" From my perspective I cannot tell if this is true, because as soon as you press PLAY you are assaulted by a cacophonous wall of screaming guitars and electronics that barrage your senses, frying all synapses. Most people would immediately punch the OFF button. But if you wait it out you will be rewarded. The first track "Pussy Head Man from Outer Space" eventually shows a semblance of structure amid all the chaos. The second track, "Crystal Rainbow Pyramid," is a bit saner, but sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks on acid jamming with AMT. And the album closes with the tour de force "Electric Psilocybin Flashback," lasting a mere 40 minutes. This track combines elements of Hawkwind with AMT's signature sounds and is deserving of high praise. Forget the first two tracks, "Electric Psilocybin Flashback" is the bomb, to paraphrase Randy Jackson. Ranging from beautiful quiet acoustic interludes to insane sonic assaults, this song will transport you unlike any other AMT track. And don't be put off by the 40 minutes. The music is so good that you barely notice the passage of time. This CD is a bit uneven, but well worth investigating.

When Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru) was touring Japan in March 2006 he got together with Kawabata Makoto and Atsushi Tsuyama (Acid Mothers Temple) in Nagoya for a spontaneous jam session. It was clear from the beginning that there was a special magic with this pairing of young and old psychedelic freaks. So much so that they planned a Japanese tour and recorded this album of five songs, four originals plus the Guru Guru classic "Bo Diddley." I am a sucker for the Acid Mothers Temple and all of their incarnations, but the sheer energy and sonic assault of this Japanese powerhouse can be offputting. You have to be in the right mood to give one of their discs a spin. But the pairing of Krautrock and AMT confers Psychedelicnavigator with a more structured approach to AMT's psychedelic music. Mani's drumming is as fresh as ever, even after nearly 40 years in the industry, keeping the band focused throughout the disc. Absent is AMT's signature bombardment of electronics and effects; instead we have a trio of drums, guitar, and bass. Makoto and Tsuyama grew up listening to and worshiping Guru Guru and their playing here is homage to Neumeier, Trepte, and Gingrich. Recorded in front of a small live audience, Psychedelicnavigator recaptures that early 70s spirit and combines it with fiery new ideas of mutual admiration. This is one release that consistently fires on all cylinders and is sure to please fans of either band.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Acid Mothers Temple, Mani Neumeier, Guru Guru, Makoto Kawabata, Ryoko Ono

More info
http://www.importantrecords.com

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Various Artists - Modern Drummer Presents Volume One - Drum Nation – Magna Carta has aligned with Modern Drummer magazine to bring you the best of who’s out there pounding the skins in the music world today. Eleven drummers on twelve tracks give a severe cerebral...  (2004) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues