"Kawabata Makoto is guitarist with the Japanese psychedelic rock legend Acid Mothers Temple. He is also their mastermind. One does not have to make a big fuss over the ingenuity of Acid Mothers Temple (who are seen by many as the Japanese answer to Hawkwind, Motörhead and Grateful Dead combined). Big and important magazines like for example The Wire have amply celebrated their music in the past years. The connection to Acid Mothers Temple alone will provide sufficient reason for many listeners to want to own their copy of Jellyfish Rising, because AMT are to be found on the must have-list of many record buyers (complete with the tag "related releases also"). But Kawabata's musical activities go back way before the beginnings of AMT. Already at the end of the 70s, he was the leader of Ankoku Kakumei Kyodotai, a band who through their albums of wild synthesizer noise collages in a style reminiscent of Morton Subotnik received some attention. These records and Jellyfish Rising are directly linked. On the present album, Kawabata distances himself from the drones which dominated much of his earlier solo output. This album is comprised of two long minimalist compositions for (and on) guitar, which were realized with the help of reverb and delay units. The music thus created reminds one in many ways of the synthesizer experiments from early Krautrock-days (Klaus Schulze, Neu!, but also Brian Eno are the names to be dropped in this context). Another possible influence to be discerned here are the minimalist compositions of Terry Riley, especially his piece "In C" (which AMT interpreted on their homonymous album). In both tracks, Kawabata heaps layers of guitar sounds upon each other, which - similar to Riley - have a small but perpetually changing motif at their core. This gets modified in such small nuances, that the listener cannot but be totally absorbed by the resulting music - one almost gets sucked into it. Listening to this album is a bit being under like hypnosis - after having listened to the first two to three minutes, one simply becomes incapable of doing anything else besides listening to those slight changes in Kawabata's music. He puts his listeners into a trance. Jellyfish Rising is acoustic LSD. But without any negative side effects, that much I can guarantee you. Have fun on this trip of the extraordinary kind."
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