• kawabata makoto & anla courtis Live At Namba Bears (LP, £3.95)

    label: Blackest Rainbow

    Acid Mothers Temple leader and Reynols legend meet once again for a wild psychedelic explosion! Kawabata and Courtis previously worked together on 2006's 'Kokura' for Riot Season, and here they return for a raging trip of psychedelic noise rock, recorded in February 2011, in Osaka, Japan. Both Kawabata and Courtis play guitar, but with Anla bringing tapes and vocals to the mix and Makoto bow and effects. 'Namba Lightbeam', the first of two 20 minute pieces, opens with an eastern sounding drone sound. Much like some of Kawabata's solo work, it steadily builds into a torrent of slashing guitar riffs, eventually returning to a more minimal sound, even with a more signature Acid Mothers guitar sound from Makoto at one point, and with zoned vocal drones from Anla. This continues onto Side 2 with 'Inaudible Bears', which features a distorted echoey haze of effects and riffs, layered over one another. This side continues to fluctuate between minimal riffs and blasts of noisy guitar destruction. Limited to 300 copies pressed on 180-gram heavyweight virgin vinyl, packaged in a very fitting insane sleeve featuring absolutely wild artwork, includes download coupon for the album as FLAC, MP3, WAV, or pretty much any other format you could desire.

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