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Extremely limited edition of 130 orange cassettes from Was ist Das?. Kawabata Makoto breaks away from the rest of the Acid Mothers to push his guitar as far as he can. Spanning 50 minutes, and recorded in Hebden Bridge’s Masonic Hall, In The Lodge of Prince Frederick follows Makoto while his experiments shift slowly from being uplifting and freeing, to dark and lonely.


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In The Lodge of Prince Frederick by Kawabata Makoto
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8/10 Jim Staff review, 09 January 2015

Kawabata Makoto manages to channel the distilled spirit of Hebden Bridge in this solo set of electric guitar and what sounds like a slew of pitch shifter, ring modulator and delay pedals. As with most of his solo recordings, here Makoto eschews the prog/psych excesses of his various groups in favour of a starker, more introverted approach that ranges from isolationist ambience and shimmering waves of silvery chords to alien plumes of twisting feedback, motion sickness glissando and melancholy cello-like resonances. He moves across the various sections of the set with seamless grace, conjuring up a similar atmosphere of cosmic wonder seen in some of Keiji Haino's more meditative moments or KK Null's early solo guitar work. I'm not sure when this was recorded but I'm guessing it was winter as there's a frosty, almost glacial feel to the music that's perfect for theses dark months.     


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