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"Gekkyukekkaichi" CD

Strange Attractors Audio House

Genres: drone rock, ambient

Strange Attractors
PO Box 13007
Portland OR

Nov 10 - 16 2003

It's quite simple, really.  You know, the appeal of it all.  Tsurubami is bliss.  Drone rock, so they say, but that's just a reviewer's term; I get the feeling it could just be shortened into "bliss."  Bliss rock?  No.  That's far too wordy.  Tsurubami make bliss.  And Gekkyukekkaichi is the living, breathing document of that fact.

Featuring the talents of three lovable members of the Acid Mothers Temple Soul Collective - guitar virtuoso Kawabata Makoto, drummer Emi Nobuko, and bassist Higashi Hiroshi - this album is a real doozy.  Makoto's spacey, feedback-engorged, noise-dripping walls of gee-tarr are complemented by the almost free-jazz improvisation combo of drums and bass.  Intense... this is a full hour of unrelentingly beautiful ambient drone rock, from start to finish.  It can be taken as a powerful epic or an ultra-relaxing chill-out disc.  It all depends on how you're feeling at the time.

The recommendation is in the bag.  Gekkyukekkaichi is a must for ambient and drone rock enthusiasts.  It is simply another absolutely terrific album from the one label that never ceases to release great music, Strange Attractors Audio House.  Bring on the bliss, Tsurubami, bring on the bliss.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 2 tracks, distributed by Forced Exposure, released 2003]