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Mammal Machine


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.49 | 4 ratings

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3 stars Tremendous music talent holders bumping together ... sometimes their creation can go well, and sometimes cannot.

MAMMAL MACHINE have got started as a novel psychedelic rock project around a talented musician Yumi Hara CAWKWELL. Not only Yumi but also the members around her are terrifically renowned and skilled ones, experienced in psychedelic progressive rock. A super project as it is said. Throughout this album, Yasuyuki WATANABE's flexible and drastic percussion & drumming, and Mitsuru TABATA's fuzzy, trippy guitar squeeze are very impressive for listeners definitely. And Yumi's keyboard play can invade into our heart smoothly (and often aggressively). Please let me recommend especially the last track "The Lost Archive Of The BMIC", where the four talented gangsters do a bulky instrumental battle against each other and simultaneously create a magnificent psychedelia we cannot have met. Completely free style they have showed but we cannot help feeling their perfect unity. Furthermore, would you like to touch the first track "Das Glasperlenspiel" (title in German!) and feel mysterious, sensual, hypnotic world in them? And very fantastic the bridge between "Fledermäuse Auf Der Autobahn" and "Pferdeeisenbahn" is ... "Fledermäuse" can remind me fantasia by Neu! or Amon Düül, and suddenly contrastive cloudy darkness comes via "Pferdeeisenbahn", with Rie's deep, deeeep bass earthquake. As honestly I say, this one could let me cherish a huge hope that we can get a novel Japanese psychedelic progressive gem.

Back to my opening remark - sadly the other tracks could not ring my bell, as the first and the last could do. It's said all songs were composed by the outfit under improvisation, and lyrics written by Yumi ... I wish she could exert more of her personality and originality ... but aggressively loud guitar and percussion sounds (by Mitsuru and Yasuyuki) drive out her delicate and sensitive keyboard work methinks. I've felt LBM-ish or Marbie flavour there, not Yumi's authentic music roots collective. Indeed this creation is great as a psychedelic progressive rock stuff, though.

So that let me say, in this project work they cannot exert "their" perfect originality, due to perfect originality of each player.

DamoXt7942 | 3/5 |


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