To me, there’s always been a world of difference between Kawabata Makoto’s solo work and his group work with Acid Mothers Temple. His solo works have always been minimalist, spiritual, energy accumulating and inward looking, whereas AMT is wild party music, a cosmic outgoing, a burst of great energy. His solo work is avant garde classical folk music whereas AMT are a rock n roll band from the end of the universe.
Then this landed in my inbox and burned that rule down. On “Infinity That Wasn’t” Makoto has become a band, multi tracking his own drums, keys, guitars and electronics. It goes far beyond any convention. The epic opener ending up furious guitar shreds dueling over hypnotic organ riffs like Can replaced Irmin with Philip Glass.
released July 3, 2020
Kawabata Makoto : acoustic & electric guitars, drums, hand clapper, drift box, electric organ
all music by Kawabata Makoto recorded at Acid Mothers Temple, May – June 2020 produced, engineered and mixed by Kawabata Makoto mastered by Andrew Liles cover art by Sarah Coppen at Desert Moon Art
Kind of a big deal for us. One Eleven Heavy are the supergroup of Wooden Wand, Hans Chew, Dan Brown from Royal Trux, Nick Mitchell Maiato and Jake Morris (from Stephen Malkmus’ band). They’ve done two absolute killer albums but I could totally smell that they must be quite the jammers live, even though they haven’t played our my way yet.
Ages ago I said I’d love to put out a live album for them and here it is at last, their first ever live album and I knew I was right – it’s a roaring gem. They explode those album tracks with amazing vivacity. And of course there’s some killer jam outs. Classic rock 2020 style. It’s the album in your collection that even your cool Uncle digs
You can order it right now on pro digipak CD or digital from here:
The long-delayed WAS32 is finally here and its our first ever professionally made CD. Sound artist and field recordist Ciarán MacAoidh has been the artist in residence at The Dock arts centre in Carrick-On-Shannon, Ireland for a year. This album is the result of one of the projects he worked on.
“Starting with thoughts of mental illness and Victorian insane asylums, forced hydrotherapy treatments for the inmates, then holding sounds of deep frustration, of loss of personhood, and of being trapped inside an ill mind you wish you didn’t recognise.
Field recordings made underground and underwater in the north-west of Ireland. I recorded at one place, above and below the lake over the seasons, not knowing how the sounds would fit into a work on mental illness. A mad piece of synchronicity in finding a man,likely drowned at his own hand, at that place on the lake, brought a different colour to the work.”
The sleeve was hand assembled by the artist, includes a wax and twig sealed booklet. Thought-provoking and atmospheric sounds works, taking field recording to another level.