From the heavy guitar freak-outs of the Cosmic Inferno to the disorienting raga-folk of Floating Flower, the bizarrely hypnotic solo guitar work of the collective’s leader Kawabata Makoto to the constantly morphing sound of the collective’s primary project, the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. (along solo projects, collaborations with legendary psych bands like Gong, and random one-offs), Acid Mothers Temple has one of the most intimidating and overwhelming discographies in music history. The only true way in is to throw yourself right into the deep end where I am currently struggling to keep my head above water.
So, after a two and a half year hiatus from No Exchange, expect periodic capsule reviews and other commentary on various Acid Mothers Temple projects and offshoots in the coming weeks. I am trying to make a point of listening to one Acid Mothers Temple album every day. Since attempting to work through their catalog in chronological order is an almost impossible task, what with the sheer number of projects and offshoots, I’ll be picking them basically at random. Get ready.