LSD March – Under Milk Wood

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LSD March “Under Milk Wood” (2009, Important)

Well, this was an unexpected surprise.  After slogging through last year’s titanic, draining collaborative effort from LSD March and Bardo Pond, I thought I had reached my quota on these guys for a bit.  I was mistaken.  “Under Milk Wood,” their first proper full-length on Important in two years is some superb, drugged-out psych rock.

“Bisyonure No Kimi” opens up sounding like 1960s British prog folk drenched in persistent guitar skree.  Vocalist Shinsuke Michishita provides weary narration in the wake of the oncoming icy guitar storm.  “Shiroi Sekai De” is a moment of respite, again trending towards the folk side of the spectrum, foregoing the sheets of guitar in favor of cleanly plucked notes.

The following two tracks “Ai No Sakebi” and “Sekai No Shizukesa” continue to carry the up-to-this-point subdued nature of “Under Milk Wood,” focusing on Shinosuke’s vocals and percussion-driven song structures.  The real story here though is “Dare Ga Hoera.”  Just when you thought LSD March weren’t going to turn it loose on this album, Shinosuke’s electric guitar rips a hole in the snow-obscured night sky.  The kaleidoscopic acid downpour illuminates the Earth and makes me wish I still had long hair.  “Kimi No Uta Wo Kiite Boku Wa Akuma Ni Natta” combines both the subtlety of the early tracks and the strung-out guitar dirge of “Dare Ga Hoera.”

I am confident in saying this is easily one of LSD March’s most impressive works to date.  From the calmness of the opening moments to the freewheeling guitar magma in its later moments, “Under Milk Wood” manages to do just about everything right.  Throw on your boots and wool hat, it’s time to trip balls in the frozen electric wonderland.

MP3: “Dare Ga Hoera”

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~ by theoberlander on February 25, 2009.

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