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Green Milk From The Planet Orange

"City Calls Revolution" CD

Beta-lactam Ring Records

Genres: psychedelic, jam music, Japanese psych-rock

Beta-lactam Ring
PO Box 6715
Portland OR

Nov 21 - 27 2005

Armed with elements of jazz, psychedelia, and flat-out weirdness, this Japanese trio create spaced-out, experimental acid-rock trips in line with the likes of Acid Mothers Temple and Kinski. If you're in the mood, these folks can grapple with the best of them; not only do they have the style down, but they're music is technically and melodically very strong - whether you're high or not, it's difficult not to appreciate the Green Milk From The Planet Orange formula.

Take the expansive "Concrete City Breakdown." Five seconds shy of twenty minutes, this epic starts off with a starry, sparse intro before dropping into full-fledged jam rock, complete with throbbing rhythms and mind-boggling guitar solos. There are vocals, but the focus is mainly on the instruments, which take up the majority of the sonic space. A bit of an exception is "Demagog," which is more in the vein of traditional rock; its unabashed destructiveness is reminiscent of Guitar Wolf, but with a more psychedelic edge. The disc closes out with the nearly forty minute finale, "A Day in the Planet Orange." Filled to the brim with alternating guitar climaxes and spaced-out atmospherics, it is the disc's prime focus - and whether you're stoned out of your gourd or not, it's hard not to appreciate the extreme musicianship and artistic value behind it.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]