Album Review

Makoto, Kawabata – “Hosanna Mantra ” – [Important Records]

Jawbone   3/1/2008   A Library, CD

With their album covers, Acid Mothers Temple have paid tribute to, or mocked Amon Duul II, Gong, King Crimson and Steeleye Span. Their album titles have been borrowed, or stolen from Black Sabbath, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and Steppenwolf. They have collaborated with cosmic prog era stalwarts Gong, Guru Guru and Trad Gras Och Stenar. On this solo album, Acid Mothers frontman Kawabata Makoto, is inspired by Eastern influenced Kosmische Krautrock new age hippies (and soundtrack gurus) Popol Vuh and their similarly titled ???Hosianna Mantra???.

???Hosanna Mantra??? is a shimmering, radiant, stark and droning release. Makoto uses only electric guitar, bouzouki and sitar, for a very mesmerizing and meditative effect.

Originally released as two 20-minute tracks on a limited edition 550 copy vinyl pressing, the first 100 of which came with a 7-inch with two 7-minute tracks, this CD version includes all four tracks.

1. ???Scarlet Phenomenon??? (20:11) – Starts with a drone, then a cyclical strumming and eventually washes of ghostly tones, a lonely distant wail, and some backward sitar toward the end.

2. ???Hosanna Mantra??? (19:33) ??? The simplest and maybe strongest track keeps up a fairly constant distant muddy drone with sitar washes and a tympani sound (electric guitar) appearing toward the middle. Perfect late, late night music.

3. ???Door of Your Enigma??? (7:07) ??? Reverb drenched repetitively strummed bouzouki with distant humming.

4. ???You Are All of My Love??? (7:11) ??? A plucked classical/ jazz electric solo guitar.

Kawabata in the Cosmos.


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