Sekkutsu Jean & Kawabata Makoto - Self Titled [Vivo Records - 2008]This three way collaboration is a real manic attack on the sensors, yet it also has great moments of alien beauty too. The album mixers deranged guitar runs, seemingly impossible and space funked bass patterns, complex and battering percussion, and the odd shot of demented vocal attacks too.
The 11 tracks with-in bring together one part Acid Mothers Temple with Kawabata Makoto on guitar and the duo of Sekkutsu Jean which consists of Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins,PainKiller,ect) handling drums/vocals and Kenji Sato on bass and vocals. And I guess the best way to try and describe it is a collision between funk rock, avant rock, jazz and rock elements but all forced at you in a manic and deranged manner. But there are also moments of great atmosphere and strange beauty appearing here and there through out the album too; take the emotional bass runs meets spacey guitar uttering with strange nonsense operatic alien vocal batter of track six Vokkoshmmra.
All parties concerned play with great passion, flare and musically precision with Kawabata's guitar work been fiery yet focused, Yoshida drumming been manic & complex, but for me the star of the show is Kenji Sato who performs mind bending feats with his bass going from; derange and virtuoso, to harmonic and atmospheric, to funky and brain bending.A great on the edge of your seat ride through out with these three showing playfulness, sonic overload & atmosphere. Really Breathtaking and invigorating stuff. Roger Batty