February 10, 2005

Acid Mothers Temple "Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream of Electric Tapirs?

If there's one word to describe the music of Acid Mothers Temple, it's consistent. If you take the time to buy one of their records or to go see them live, you already know what you're in for: spaced-out music that's got a lot of weird moments but features loud guitars mixed with pretty guitars and noise mixed with long, long, looooooong jams and equal devotion to beauty and noise. Temple guru Kawabata Makoto has been making this music for decades, but his approach to his creation always sounds fresh. So, yeah, you're going to get what you paid for, and you already know what's in store, but it's an amazing testament to his talent that his music never sounds repetitive. Thus, you really have no reason to be disappointed with the latest Acid Mothers Temple offering, Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream Of Electric Tapirs?

From the opening blasts of "Daddy's Bare Meat," you'll get that blast of rock, with some excellent yelping from Cotton Casino, who has since left the band. "Suzie Sixteen" is a little number that's best described as silly; imagine a punk group taking a 50's pop song and making grunting noises instead of vocals. It doesn't sound quite that juvenile, of course, but it does produce a smile or two. Then there's the gentle folk of "Hello Good Child" and "The Assassin's Beautiful Daughter," which is then blown away by the wild ride of "Dark Star Blues" and "The Transmigration of Hop-Heads." These jams--I don't like jam sessions, but Acid Mothers Temple have a knack of making me forget that dislike--are amazing, mindblowing and everything you've come to expect from these folk.

So it's par for the course with Does The Cosmic Shepherd Dream of Electric Tapirs?. No real surprises, of course; they're like the Ramones of psych-rock, and I really wouldn't want it any other way.

--Joseph Kyle

Artist Website: http://www.acidmothers.com

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