Monday, 9 July 2018

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. “La Novia” 2000 Japan Psych Rock,Experimental,Space Rock


Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. “La Novia” 2000 Japan Psych Rock,Experimental,Space Rock
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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….by Benjamin Miller…~


Kawabata Makoto’s Acid Mothers Temple is definitely one of the most original bands to come out from Japan. La Nòvia is a highly enjoyable psychedelic rock / drone album by this amazing group. Both parts of the title track are wonderful but there are some minor parts where this does feel a bit loose. So the whole album ain’t perfect and totally flawless unfortunately. 
It’s great that there still are these kind of powerful bands to keep up the spirit of the original 60’s psychedelic movement alive. Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is one of the best bands to do so. La Nòvia is regarded as one of their best records overall and it’s not hard to realize why. Definitely worth giving a try if you’re a fan of psychedelic rock. ..by…CooperBolan …~


2016 release. A reissue of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.’s classic album La Nòvia, originally released in 2001. Recorded at Acid Mothers Temple in May of 2000. One of the best Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. albums, La Nòvia is an epic forty-minute rendition of an Occitan song by one of the best Japanese psychedelic noise-rock-folk band. This is a slowly evolving and drone-y album with many different and wonderful musical moments all leading to a glorious conclusion. A very cohesive and masterful record. This CD reissue includes a live version of “La Nòvia”, recorded in New York in 2016, featuring Cotton Casino. Digitally mastered for the first time by Yoshida Tatsuya….~


Acid Mothers Temple, led by guitar visionary Kawabata Makoto, is the preeminent Japanese psychedelic folk-rock band. Given the guitarist’s penchant for extremes – he’s also a member of Main Liner and Musica Trans Sonic – there’s no reason to suggest that this little gem, which is a CD reissue of a lost vinyl collector’s item, would be anything other than something that skirts the outer edges of Japanese and Eastern European folk and driving psych & roll pyrotechnics. Simply put, one listen to the 40-minute mind-expanding jam of the title track, and the listener will never fully recover from a journey that takes musical conventions, tosses them into an acid-drenched blender, and makes a delicious, thick, many-textured hallucinogenic soup. Makoto plays electric guitars, bouzouki, harp, and bowed peacock feather, all on the title track, and is accompanied by bandmates on guitars, recorders, drums, and synths. From Tibetan chanting to medieval chanting to drifting guitars and percussion to screaming, cascading rock & roll feedback, all harnessed – barely – by a euphoric sense of the ever-expanding sonic universe, La Nòvia carries listeners on a journey so far-fetched, so extreme, yet so compellingly listenable, they will be hard-pressed to believe what happened by the track’s startling conclusion. From the Muzikas to Can to the Electric Prunes, Acid Mothers Temple carries the weight of sound and dimension into the territories at the edge of the sonic imagination. That they can do this is remarkable, that they can do this so musically is a damn miracle! The other standout of the three “selections” here is “Bon Voyage au LSD,” a loose, droning, seemingly improvised work that becomes a guitar and percussion symphony along the same lines as Glenn Branca’s, only less muddled by artsy pretension. Ultimately, La Nòvia is about rock & roll soul and vision, and the ability to create something new from a music that was said to be dead over 25 years ago. La Nòvia is, simply, “the good.”…by Thom Jurek..Allmusic…~


A gem of a psychedelic album from Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.. La Novia is transcendent for not just being a great psych rock album but a strangely spiritual one as well. It is a mind-bending sonic journey of Occitan throat singing, cascading feedback and driving percussions. If there’s an album capable of taking the listener somewhere, this would be one of them….~








Cotton Casino - vocal 
- Higashi Hiroshi - electric guitar 
- Kawabata Makoto - electric guitars, violin, bouzouki, harp, synthesizer 
- Tsuyama Atsushi - bass, vocals, acoustic guitar, recorder 
- Koizumi Hajime - drums, percussion\


Tracklist 
1 La Nòvia 40:40 
2 Bois-Tu De La Bière? 3:49 
3 Bon Voyage Au LSD 17:26 

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