THE BEGINNING OF THE END REVEW
studio album from these Velvet Underground-worshipping Japanese heads.
Edition of only 210 copies in primitive silkscreened
sleeves, pressed on red vinyl, with insert. No one
does epic psych like Up-Tight and this has gotta be
the ultimate hi-fi distillation of their sound to date: four tracks that
(Doug Mosurock / STILL SINGLE)
The first side of the LP opens with “Our Own Portrait” which sees Up-Tight move away from their Les Rallizes Dénudés Junior image and into something even more psychedelic; primal drumming and an insistent bassline allow for Tomoyuki Aoki to unleash some fantastic fuzz guitar. This is followed by “A Song for Your Pain” which is a gentle, sleepy ballad with, of course, more fuzz guitar solos. It is more in line with the quieter parts of previous Up- Tight albums and is the one moment on the LP where they play it safe. Though playing it safe for this band is still something special.
The second side
is a different kettle of fish as an oppressive bass buzz and distant cracks
of guitar herald in (the aptly titled) “The Destruction.” As the drums join
in the din, Up-Tight start to take on the form of early Boris yet create a
wall of noise with more power, mass and menace than Boris ever managed to
muster. By the end of the piece my turntable has almost rattled itself to
pieces; it is one of the most sublime examples of noise freakout
to come from
By far this is
the best thing Up-Tight have put their name to. It
covers all the things that makes Japanese psychedelica interesting to me; the extremes of
bludgeoning noise and the delicate beauty without ever becoming something
clever for the sake of being clever. The Beginning of the End is
worth every mistaken or wayward purchase from the Japanese section of record
store, it is superb.