Monday, June 4, 2012

Acid Mothers Temple - La Novia vinyl available now!

What is the best Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. album? Fuck if I know, but one of my faves is their 2000 album La Novia. Originally issued on LP by Eclipse Records and then on CD (with bonus tracks) by Swordfish, both versions have been out of print for a few years now (the LP sold out almost immediately over 10 years ago). A forty minute work out of the Occiatian song "La Novia" was an early example of Tsuyama's awes throat singing on record and still the most amazing and the band continues to perform the song regularly at their live shows. And of course that riff! God! At long last, Prophase Music's long planned vinyl reissues is here! The sound is amazing and full, the reissue comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve and four colored vinyl combos! Holy shit! Anyways, limited pressing of 1000 units and this is the best La Novia ever sounded. I am not sure how many of each color were pressed (your intrepid reporter is working on it), but the Gold and Yellow Swirl version is "super limited" and available only from the band or from Prophase Music if you buy the other three color combos... whew! Here is what the label has to say:
The sprawling 40 minute title track is based on an Occitanian folk tune, and the unearthly acoustic opening with its overtone singing sounds like something that might have made its way on to a Werner Herzog soundtrack. Indeed once the guitars come in and the band stoke up their mighty drone, the effect is that of an amped up Popul Vuh, the German band who soundtracked many Herzog films. Ashra Tempel or Amon Duul are other reference points. At times, it's impossible to believe that this wasn't recorded in Berlin in 1972, such is the authenticity of the enterprise. But Kawabata's crew aren't merely K-tel Krautrockers; La Novia shows a deep respect for the traditional folk form and integrates it completely with the long forays into deep space...

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