Yamantaka Sonic Titan

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YT // ST (2011), 7.5/10 (mini)

Formed in 2007 in Montreal by Asian-American performance artists alaskaB and Ruby Kato Attwood (both former members of Lesbian Fight Club), the art collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan recorded one of the most original contributions to East-West musical fusion in the new century, the mini-album YT // ST (Psychic Handshake, 2011). Ruby Kato Attwood on vocals, Alaska B on drums, John Ancheta on bass, Shub Roy on guitar and Brendan Swanson on keyboards are far from virtuoso musicians, but the whole unleashes an eclectic portfolio of post-psychedelic music. In just six minutes Reverse Crystal - Murder Of A Spider manages to morph from a baroque keyboard motif to a psychedelic black hole. The influences, however, stretch beyond acid-rock: Queens evokes the prog-rock style of Art Bears, replete with operatic Dagmar Krause-esque vocals and Martian rhythms, and Hoshi Neko harks back to vintage, sensual, Japanese pop. The intellectual overtones of the other pieces are brushed aside for A Star Over Pureland, something in between a pulverizing hard-rocking Jimi Hendrix-ian jam and a satanic version of a Red Crayola freak-out. This segues into another loud distorted acid trip, Crystal Fortress Over the Sea of Trees, with jazzy keyboards and thundering rhythm. (Translation by/ Tradotto da xxx)

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