Anyone else singing Hallelujah Mystic Garden to the tune of ‘Solidarity Forever’? Just me? Scabs the lot of you. Anyway, the bugged-out psychedelia of Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is exactly the sort of decadence that flies in the face of the international socialist project. Following on from 2018’s Hallelujah Mystic Garden Part One, Part Two fronts up two proggy disco numbers, one of which is a new rendering of AMT fan-fave ‘Pink Lady Lemonade’. The Acid Mothers united will never be defeated.
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They don't mess about do they, the Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO? Everything about them is just scaled up. This latest release (album? EP? single?!?!) consists of two tracks, one called 'Pink Lady Lemonade (Astral Disco Queen ~ Coda)' that clocks in at just under twenty minutes, and another called 'You Never Know Suzuko's Vice' that's thirteen minutes. The music itself is large-scale as well. I hear krautrock, psych, a dollop of disco, rai, and just a tickle of funk. I love how hypnotic this band can be when they just settle into a groove. Take the mid to later stages of 'Pink Lady', its a simple enough guitar line and groove but the AMT&TMPUFO just lock in and stay there. Top stuff. This backing occasionally sits back and lets wild guitar noodling take centre stage, as well as synths whoops and whistles.
As well as making me wonder what Suzuko's vice is, 'You Never Know Suzoko's Vice' is an altogether heavier affair. It's locked into place by a chugging bass guitar / kick drum rhythm, splashy cymbals, and assorted synthy twinkling. About four minutes forty seconds in it transforms itself into an Algerian rai-inspired (or at least, it seems that way to me) cacophony of syncopated toms, edging closer and closer to mania. Towards the end it eventually reaches it with a groove that Jaki and the boys would have been proud of.
AMT&TMPUFO have made a wild, massive, weird record/album/single/EP and it's hugely enjoyable. That's all I can really say.
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