Acid Mothers Temple, unsurprisingly, continue to find new ways to melt your brain, setting the ears on edge and fire with Son Of A Bitches Brew. Conjuring up the aura of a certain seminal record, AMT pay homage to it and, to an extent, themselves with their limitless exploration set on full stun. Son Of A Bitches Brew is a dazzling reinterpretation and reinvigorating exercise that can be digested again and again with Technicolor flavor spilling out everywhere. Remarkably accessible while knotty and intricate, it’s addictive in the lure to repeatedly dive in. The water is deep…very deep: you won’t get the same thing out of it twice. Right there, a trademark of AMT, and the source material, if ever there was one. You often hear, in an offhand way, that AMT isn’t for the weak. Truth is, they aren’t for the unwilling. Spirits past, present and future willing, it will stay that way.
Theme From Violence Jack Johnson :: Acid Mothers Temple :: Son Of A Bitches Brew (2012, Important Records)
Kawabata Makoto & à qui avec Gabriel/Golden Tree
Released in tandem with Son Of A Bitches Brew, AMT guitarist Kawabata Makoto and accordionist à qui avec Gabriel nurture the Golden Tree, a haunting and at times plaintive vapor trail of soundscapes and washes. While AMT is known more for melting, Golden Tree goes for the meditative (so does AMT really…) with Makoto and à qui avec Gabriel wafting in and out of each other like intertwining rivers of mist. This isn’t for the weak or unwilling either. Without much traditional ‘structure’ to hang onto the timid may find it slight and formless, as well as indulgent, but that would be missing the point and the intended pay-off of immersing yourself in Golden Tree. With only three lengthy cuts (Solid Torus clocks in at 34 minutes), Makoto and à qui avec Gabriel are patient painting their vistas, and those climbing their tree should be also to pick the fruit. For something that requires such a deep plunge and time to grow, Golden Tree feels as though it passes quickly. That wispy timelessness and dislocation may not appeal to everyone, but those seeking transport will appreciate the elusiveness in full blossom.
A Sacred Tree At Nemi :: Kawabata Makoto & à qui avec Gabriel :: Golden Tree (2012, Important Records)
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