EMPTY RUBIOUS RED LP (2007)
*european manufactured 180 gram lp housed
in a stoughton old-style jacket with j-card style obi. limited edition of 1000.
have a friend who works for a high-end publicly-traded kids clothing maker up in manhattan, and last month they had her attend
a seminar on forecasting trends for the next two years. and what did their high-priced european haruspex predict? that the
dominating look for next year’s lines will be…freak folk. for real. In fact, it’s happening right
now – even as we speak, beardos are shambling down the runways in milan and paris. and if in a few months time you see
little kids running around looking like amish grad students, you’ll understand.
that’s just the transatlantic axis. what about japan? japan’s fashion scene is so wildly on-another-planet, it
can’t even be inserted into a rational framework or timetable – are they a day ahead of us, or ten years?
in order to stay ahead of the curve, the next tequila sunrise release will be a new lp,
empty rubious red, by japanese avant-pysch artists lsd march. for those of you already living a couple of years ahead
of the rest of us, you will know that this will be the fifth full length by this band, and that it was originally released
in 2006 on their own white elephant imprint (a longer version of empty rubious red was reissued later that year as a limited
edition cd on the incredible archive label), both versions sold out in about a minute.
actually more like a solo outing by lsdm front-man shinsuke michishita (on voice, guitar, bass and percussion), accompanied
on two tracks by legendary drummer ikuro takahashi (high rise, fushitsusha, tamio shiraishi, kosokuya, che-shizu, maher shalal
hash baz, nagisa ni te, etc). most of the songs here are intimate, in-your-inner-ear ballads, hypnagogic and melancholic,
achy hangovers from the third velvets LP – sorrowful birds on the last tree in the universe, thinking themselves into
being, then forgetting themselves, then remembering again. except for the title track, that is – an 8-minute doppler-effect
trance that gets you wasted on polonium 210, sets the dials of the kabbalah for the heart of the sun, and clicks “send.”
we could describe the overall sound here as late night psych.
It’s a pretty hackneyed term at this point, but try to remember how it used to be a downright poetic handle for the
genre, conjuring those sleepless hours between 3 and 5 a.m. when the acid-drenched mind emits showers of sparks into the abyss.
Light fuse and get away!
we don’t know what sorts of children’s
clothing we’ll see when trend analysts start recommending late night psych as the compass for designers, but
it’s bound to be interesting. just remember, when you see saucer-eyed tots on the deck of a starship with their heads
plugged into andromeda, you heard it here first.
FULLERTON WHITMAN/MIMAROGLU MUSIC SALES truly lovely vinyl edition
of this modern-psych chesnut, first released on the tiny white elephant label before being reissued by archive last year &
finding its way into many western homes/consciousnesses (including mine, where it has remained as my favorite late-night driving
record for a good year now...) before going out of print in like 2 weeks...
recommended if the whisper/scream paradox of such acts as jacks, white heaven, overhang party, les rallizes denudes, et.al.
share head-space in that cramped noggin of yours.
Deluxe vinyl reissue of this great side featuring European
manufactured 180 gram LP housed in a heavy Stoughton old-style sleeve with j-card style obi. Limited edition of 1000 copies:
Japan's LSD-March, current heirs to that country's post-Rallizes void-gobbling crown. Empty Rubious Red reconciles a bunch
of strains that have been orbiting their back catalogue for a while now, combining pale, Velvets-style dead flower blues with
the kind of clipped, evocatively staggered guitar dunt pioneered by Jutok Kaneko of Kousokuya as well as long, nerve-shredding
passages of fully illuminated electric guitar immolation that push post-Hendrix rock logic a few stones closer to the sun.
Highly recommended: this looks, feels and sounds immense.
Originally released on the Japanese White Elephant
label in 2006 (and long since gone), LSD March's Empty Rubious Red sees domestic, although limited, release thanks to Tequila
Sunrise. Not the full on psych explosion as on some of their previous works, most of these tracks are intimate, not unlike
Les Rallizes Denudes' more quiet moments, or Velvet Underground, except for the title track which is mindblowing trance-psych
at its very best. Limited to 800 copies outside Japan, you'd do yourself a favor by snapping this up quickly.
EDWIN POUNCEY/THE WIRE
of lsd march mainman shinsuke michishita’s solo album offers a third chance for those who missed out. accompanied by
drummer ikuro takahashi, whose previous work includes appearances with high rise, fushitsusha, kosokuya, che-shizu and maher
shalal hash baz, ‘empty rubious red’ is an elegant set of lightly strummed songs. the first side is quietly meditational
and strongly folk inspired, but michishita plugs in on the B side.the title track is an escalating bout of psychedelic interplay
with takahashi that builds into a deranged free for all before falling back into his more minimalistic, laid back style. this
unexpected burst of energy elevates the project into another dimension, the slow songs taking on a greater sense of purpose
when fitted around the album’s signature song.
Originally re-released in digital form on the Archive label,
Tequila Sunrise here re-presents LSD-March's Empty Rubious Red for those who missed out on the shiny plastic version. Those
expecting more of the group's current take on Les Rallizes Denude's styled speaker-crush and distorted balladry are in a for
a pleasant surprise here, as this LP, save for the six-string-cum-drum-blast of the two versions of the title track, is on
the unabashedly mellow tip. Main man Shinsuke Michishita handles pretty much everything on his own here, turning in wistful
pieces like "As Many Stars in the Sky" that pair delicate guitars with his breathy vocals. He adds slight percussion
and forlorn harmonica to "The Present Is a Storm," and comes to a graceful close with "I Only Have Hands for
You." Throughout both tracks, Michishita deals in sparse, subtly melancholic territory, forming a nice overall contrast
to the brown-outs for which his group have become revered. Definitely a bit of a switch, but worth seeking out for quiet time.
Edition of 800 copies in tip-on sleeves with printed obi strip.
RECORDS Super deluxe, and of course ultra limited vinyl version of
the now out of print Empty Rubious Red cd released on aRCHIVE a while back. Thick vinyl, gorgeous sleeves, even an obi! Limited
to 1000 copies, only 800 in the US, pressed on 180 gram vinyl and so so nice.
last time we listed a limited edition cd by Japan's LSD-march, we sold out of it in about, oh, two seconds. That was the Live
cd that came our way (and went). Then we listed the cd version of Empty Rubious Red, which lasted only slightly longer. Why
is everybody so grabby with the LSD-march? Is it because of the cool packaging? Is it because they seem to always be limited?
Maybe... but of course it's also 'cause if you love heavy duty distorto guitar psych in the vein of cult '70s Japanese heroes
Les Rallizes Denudes. And you do get that here on the dronily intense, trippy title track, in spades. But for much of the
rest of the album you also get the kinder, gentler side of LSD-march, with Shinsuke Michishita handling vocals and guitar
and bass and percussion and whistling (yes, there's some whistling!) all by himself, joined by drummer Ikuro Takahashi on
just two of the tracks. It's quite intimate, really, maybe even romantic -- these are love songs, aren't they? The lyrics
are in Japanese but the titles "I Have Been Saving My Love For You" and "I Only Have Hands For Hold You"
(sic) sure sound like love songs. Dunno about "Nude And Bizarre" though. A gorgeous late night listen, echoey and
emotional. Spacious, slow, drowsy. Melancholic, melodic. Compared to the destructive, amped-up attack of that Live album,
the beautiful balladry here is like night and day... a mistily overcast day with rays of sun glinting between the clouds.
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