Acid Mothers Temple - Have You Seen The Other Side Of The Sky?
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Acid Mothers Temple
Have You Seen The Other Side Of The Sky?

In the eyes of a true Acid Mothers Temple fan, I have no doubt that I would be viewed as some sort of newbie. I've listened to approximately five (out of something like twenty-five plus) pieces of their recorded output, and like other bands who release music at an insanely prolific rate, I tend to zone out a bit unless they really slap me upside the head with something. Of course, they did that with Electric Heavyland, and while I enjoyed some of their slightly more melodic work a little more, I tend to go back to that aforementioned album on the occasions that I'm really itching to hear AMT.

Have You Seen The Other Side Of The Sky? is the newest album from the group and it's another hour plus worth of their musical madness, veering between insane psych rock freakouts and several quieter pieces that really let the album stretch out and breath. In fact, the album opens with over six minutes of mayhem on "Attack From Planet Hattifatteners" as pitch-mad electronics pan back and forth between the group starts their full-scale shred-fest (complete with dizzying flutes that make the track sound like Jethro Tull on trucker crank).

"Buy The Moon At Jupiter" follows and provides a bit of trippy quiet as singer Tsuyama Atsushi is accompanied by some quiet acoustic guitar, swirling electronics, and chimes. "Asimo's Naked Breakfast: Rice And Shrine" is the album centerpiece in more ways that one as the long track again finds the group drifting off into trancier territory with some lazy guitars, more tripped-out bubbling synths and flutes (as well as some moaning female vocals, some chanting, and some other oddities). So it goes with the disc. "I Wanna Be Your Bicycle Saddle" is under two minutes of lo-fi garage slop, while "Interplanetary Love" sits side by side with earlier work of The Shalabi Effect in terms of beautiful eastern-influenced psychedelic music. Fans of the group will probably find it a welcome return, but it feels more than a little haphazard to me, only coming together slightly in the epic half-hour closing track. It's weird and wild, but I don't know that I'll come back to it much.

rating: 6.510
Aaron Coleman 2006-08-17 21:09:27