Music Reviews

Artist: Kawabata Makoto & Michishita Shinsuke (@)
Title: Sex,Voyage,and Echo Chamber
Format: CD
Label: Beta-lactam Ring Records (@)
This is a collaboration between Kawabata Makoto of Acid Mothers Temple and Michishita Shinsuke of LSD March. Here’s how the label describes this disc: "The reigning lords of the new psychedelic church cross guitars for a super-electric cosmic jam that causes even hurricanes to don ear plugs. More like the paintings of crazed banshees than songs, this shape-shifting set’s loud-quiet-loud transforms the spaciousness of the axe duel into a growling canvas of thunder. Walls of feedback and distortion moan like sinking U-boats." Fair enough - file this under guitar noise / improvisation. The album consists of four long tracks, the shortest of which is "Point to Point," which weighs in at 10.30, and the longest of which is "Rome 9," at 17.42. The disc opens a bit slowly with "Me and Bitter, Psychedelic Tokyo," and I have to admit that I was not terribly into it at the beginning, but it eventually builds to a satisfying maelstrom of guitar noise. "Queen No. 5" behaves like two different tracks, ending a little over halfway through and then starting up again in much the same vein. "Point to Point" is a mixture of jangly chords which are struck on and off the beat seemingly at random while the other guitarist plays over it until it just kind of ends up in noodling. I must admit that this track didn’t really do much for me. "Rome 9" is a long track of wailing guitar and toward the end a lot of high pitched feedback. To me, this track was the best on the disc, because it had a nice texture and I like my noise to be of the solid wall variety. Maybe it’s just me, but this wasn’t really my bag. It isn’t just because I am not a huge fan of guitar noise – after all, I thought that Seven that Spells’ "Cosmoerotic Dialogue With Lucifer" was a great time. I think that what is missing here is some sense of purpose. This album doesn’t really seem to go anywhere and for the most part it begins to all sound the same. Luckily for you the reader, there are samples up at the label’s website so you can see if it really is just a matter of accounting for taste. This disc weighs in at 56 minutes and comes enclosed in a book bound CD case.

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