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「Five Psychedelic Pieces/UP-TIGHT」

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Five Psychedelic Pieces' features three studio and two live cuts by the latest psyche noiseniks on the block, the Japanese trio Up-Tight. Blending brutalised tripping improv freak-outs with cosmic induced melodic soft psyche Up-Tight arguably provide a structurally sound proposition that's rooted heavily in Western reference points so that the influence of heroes Velvet Underground are keenly apparent bleeding as they do into elements of early Floyd, Sabbath and Spacemen 3.

A calamitous cacophony of sound pierced by moments of pristine lysergic pop. 'Do the Pop' opens the set, pop not quite, rather the charge of fuzzed up pyrotechnics that serves to take you on a head shredding hypnotic trip without the mind bending drugs yet with the luxury of all the side effects still intact. Pop does however rear its head in a fractured bubblegum like way on the surprisingly elegiac 'At 2.00am I am waiting for someone' albeit it drifts oddly from the ether resplendently detached and disconnected, almost in half woken states where dreams fuse with reality, imagine 'shine on you crazy diamond' era Floyd on vacation inside the fried mind set of Syd '68. As if to shake you out of your comfort zone the cruel 'Visions of key of A' is caustic and irregularly regular, if you get my meaning, frazzled riffs and punishingly loose demonic jamming taken to the nth degree being the key while in sharp contrast the unreal softness of the dreamy sonics evident on the shades 'n' leather 'Falling in Love' that glide between Galaxie 500 and the Velvets will leave you breathless.

Ending it all perfectly with the 16 minute epic 'Sweet Sister Session', garage blues at it's most potent, Link Wray fends off the ghosts of Hooker and Jones in this seriously sleazy work out that flexes sexily between 'Little Red Rooster' and Cooder's 'Paris, Texas' before donning its space kit to go cosmic only to return with what sounds like the end of the world being played out to ear splitting ferocity inside your speakers. Up-Tight might just be the perfect antidote for those tired of the varying quality of AMT product. Stunning stuff.

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