英国Aquarius Records レビュー
「Five Psychedelic Pieces/UP-TIGHT」

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Like the LSD-march reviewed two list ago, here's another young Japanese psych outfit who first came to our attention on one of the Alchemy label's recent Night Gallery compilations (which we'll hopefully have stocked and reviewed in time for our next list, by the way). Up-tight are kinda similar to LSD-march: drugged, dark, hypnotic garage psych from folks who must have invested many hours of their life in listening to the Velvet Underground. As the no-nonsense title states, there's five tracks, three studio n' two live, all certainly very psychedelic in that night-soaked, black-cloaked, Tokyo Flashback/Fushitsusha/Les Rallizes Denudes/Kousokuya way. All are pretty long too, with lots of room for Up-Tight to stretch out with their mantric, rhythmic clatter, guitars fuzzed and scrabbling. As befits their name, they've got a rigid menace to their playing. So much of this is dark, distorto, doomy grinding that just wants to do your head in. But at least one of these 'pieces' is a bit more peaceful -- driftier, lighter, sadder. And even the harsher pieces have their melodic moments... Our verdict: really good, recommended to all lovers of guitar-squall and nod-worthy groove. What with all the recent releases from the likes of Up-Tight, DMBQ, Miminikoto, LSD-march, and Green Milk From The Planet Orange, it seems like ol' Acid Mothers Temple are this year getting some serious up-and-coming competition!

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