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Psychedelic drone wonder from Kawabata Makoto on his latest release Astro Love & Infinite Kisses, his first following a period of quiet. A showcase of his work with Acid Mothers Temple, this record from VHF is available on double vinyl and features a fantastic 41 minute epic track Dos Nurages, with hallucinogenic guitar, finger picking. Shiver inducing.

Double LP £28.99 VHF133

2LP on VHF.

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Astro Love and Infinite Kisses by Kawabata Makoto
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8/10 Jim Staff review, 20 July 2015

Kawabata Makoto is back taking his listeners on cosmic voyages, without the more rock-grounded excesses of Acid Mother’s Temple for this double LP on VHF­. As a result we get the more ethereal, but no less intense side of Makoto’s unflinching psychedelic vision. The sounds seem to come from his guitar and warm, bubbling analogue delay­– layered with loops or overdubs into pretty dense long-form workouts.

The bulk of the record is taken up with the 41 minute “Dos Nurages” which takes hypnotic cyclical note runs through pulsating delay, for an effect that’s similar to some of the layered guitar rhythms in some Steve Reich pieces. Layered on top of this we have sweeping organ-like guitar drones and wavering Daevid Allen style glissandi; making it sound like a particularly intense and extended freeform interlude from early Gong.

The title track is edgier, starting off with mysterious acoustic textures and eventually coalescing into a reverberating mass of strummed lute-like sounds that I swear lifts the melody from Goblin’s famed Suspiria theme. The track builds into a gargantuan mesh of modulating overtones worthy of some of Keiji Haino’s experiments with traditional instruments. The closer “Woman From Dream Island” takes the classic psychedelic combination of sitar tones and backwards guitar, somehow reminding me of parts of Beck’s ‘Mellow Gold’– but way more extensively ‘out there’.


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