Album Review

20 Guilders / We Have Heaven Split [coll] – [Nod and Smile Records]

Thurston Hunger   11/29/2013   12-inch, A Library

A donation from Junzo Suzuki after a recent KFJC pit performance,
This is Junzo (also of Miminokoto) and Tabata (Acid Mothers, but
before that a founding member of Boredoms, yow!) In other projects
these gents can blow minds and speakers with freaky galactic solos,
ambient bluesy blowouts, harrowing feedback gauntlets and other
experimental delicacies, so it’s nice to hear them lay down
sweet elemental rock. The fire and earth are still there, just
not as flaming and dirty as some other projects, instead the
accent is on water (Junzo’s love of blues) and air (Tabata’s
love of classic rock) Together the dynamic duo embrace songs,
and you find yourself singing along, even if you don’t speak
Japanese. These four cuts feel comfortable and hold you up like a
favorite hammock, swinging to a gentle beat. Nice sustain string
sting on the lead track, and a driving sea current to “Under
the Red Cliff” for Suzuki’s two compositions. Tabata’s two
contributions could almost be campfire songs, his higher and
thinner voice is the smoke. But it is easy to hear those two
and imagine them getting the full Melting Paraiso UFO treatment,
especially “The Mystery of the Pyramids.” Cool stuff.

On the flip side, PA troupe We Have Heaven shine with the violin
beaming of Rachek Lambdin. The tracks are effectively all
instrumental aside from “I Was On My Way To Slumberland”
with a spoken word diary recital from guitarist Eric de Jesus.
Drifty effects on de Jesus’s guitar joined also by David Kresge
working together to get faintly folk clouds of rock aloft, the
drums from Kyle Page are mildly martial. Keeping time but no
bass to lock into typical post rock, instead Lambdin’s violin
provides a sort of renaissance flaire if you know what I mean.
She’s never flying off like a hell fiddle, it’s more of a Soil
Bleeds Black kind of vibe, but less drunk on meade. A more
natural use, and the violin pairs well with the guitars. A
pretty psychedelic pastiche trip that’s more sunshine than

-Thurston Hunger

you heard it 15 times on kfjc! most recently:
Naysayer says

"These four cuts feel comfortable and hold you up like a favorite hammock...." may be the best review line of the year.
Thank you Mr. Hunger. Looking forward to listening to it.


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