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The sprawling 40 minute title track is based on an Occitanian folk tune, and the unearthly acoustic opening with its overtone singing sounds like something that might have made its way on to a Werner Herzog soundtrack.
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December 19, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Japan's Acid Mothers Tempel has so many releases it's not even funny. To try to even follow the band lineups, I just simply say, "forget it". The band is guitarist Kawabata Makoto and whoever he can find at the time, although Cotton Casino seemed to be a fairly consistent member (although she hasn't appeared on many of the more recent releases). In 2000 comes this odd album La Novia. This was the band doing a traditional Occitan song, from how it sounds, it sounds like it dates from medieval times. Occitan is a regional language spoken mainly in the south of France that appears to be closely related to Catalan. Being Japanese, of course, they sing it with a Japanese accent. But after the singing, they get into some really great psychedelic guitar jams, but that medieval melody (this time on guitar instead of vocals) is still used as the jumping point, as it recurs from time to time. Kawabata Makoto isn't the most restrained guitarist out there, he usually loves to blast the listener with lots of noise, droning, distortion, and feedback, but surprisingly he refrains from that here and gives some nice psychedelic guitar leads. Listening to this you can almost get a feeling you're listening to a lost recording from the 1960s, even though that's not true. Plus there are some use of spacy, Gong-like use of synthesizers. It's basically one piece that takes up both sides of the LP. I own the original LP, so I should know. Unfortunately I am not familiar with the bonus cuts, but with the title cut, they created a masterpiece of psychedelia. AMT is not the most consistent of bands out there, but I can forgive them, with so many people coming in and out so fast (it makes tracking the lineup of Hawkwind look easy) and the fact so much is recorded, it's little wonder you get to hear the best and worst. Luckily La Novia is one of the better releases, and a must have.
January 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Somewhat outstanding 2000 release,this looks to be Acid Mothers Temple's sixth piece of work. Read somewhere that this is actually a CD reissue of a vinyl record, with two added bonus cuts. Track listing is as follows: "La Novia"(40:40); during this tune, AMT main man Makoto Kawabata plays electric guitar, harp and bouzouki, "Bois-tude la biere"(3:49) and "Bon Voyage au LSD" which takes the listener(s) far into a journey that reaches the inner mind. Might be tough to locate a copy of this title. Keep looking. It's worth the trouble.