Are We Experimental?Album |
About as far as rock can go.
Japanese psychedelic warriors Acid Mothers Temple are as hellbent on blowing your mind as ever on Are We Experimental?, an album whose title becomes a rhetorical question from the very first track, which sounds roughly akin to throwing Jimi Hendrix and Thurston Moore's guitars up against a high-voltage electric fence. At various points in the past, AMT have straddled the line between the tuneful and the tonally ambiguous, but this one really separates the day-trippers from the true sonic assassins. Even the most conventionally structured moments on Are We Experimental? are miles further out than the most outre offering of space-rock godheads like Gong or Hawkwind (who seem to be touchstones for the Temple's work). Wild blasts of synthesizer bounce back and forth across your cranium while acid-baked layers of guitar methodically melt your brain straight down the middle amid the occasional effects-laden vocal chants and murmurs -- this might be what Sun Ra and his Arkestra would have sounded like if they'd decided to go the psychedelic route back in the late ‘60s. Does one really need a more elaborate enticement than that?
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