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    Zoffy “Thou Shall Not Mess with Zoffy” [Acid Mothers Temple]

    Acid knights of the mother temple, guitar god Makoto Kawabata
    and madman-genius Atsushi Tsuyama turn psychedelic pranksters
    with another Zoffy piece o’ musical taffy. Stretching the
    limits of cover songs at the beginning and end, and digging
    deep beneath the folk basement. Zoffy deliver ultra-tweaked
    gypsy songs cloaked in reverb, humor, birdcalls. A heady
    sonic homebrew, that is deceptively ramshackled. (Check
    out the headphone tabla bounce on #10, it defies the lo-fi
    nature of much of this.) Atsushi is just a radiant being.
    All tracks might be covers for what I know, but the further
    out the better…the opening/closing numbers pale in
    comparison to the gaunt beauty of #2, or the hypnowheel
    spin of #7 with crazed keening vocals. While the kids
    may dig “Cookie Monster” vocals these days, I sure like
    Atsushi’s “Grover” vox on #9. Meanwhile his phrasing on
    that tabla-turner #10 sound like a sideways take on Pete
    Seeger. With the ney nose-flute, and dueling bouzouki
    action, how can you not love this? -Thurston Hunger
    Seven seconds of abrupt silence at the end of #13

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on August 25, 2004 at 2:56 am
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