- mammal machine: "mitsugi" - esoteric rituals
(2010, cd, japan, captain trip records)
Mammal Machine are Yumi Hara Cawkwell (vocals & keyboard), Rie Miyazaki (bass), Mitsuru Tabata (guitar) and Yasuyuki Watanabe (drums & percussion).
The name of the band is derived from various bands and projects that the musicians have been involved with: Soft Machine, Leningrad Blues Machine, Henry Cow, Mandog and Marble Sheep. The first two have 'Machine' in their name, and all the others include at least one mammal.
I've been listening to a couple of albums that Yumi Hara was involved in lately: "Upstream" with Geoff Leigh (out on Moonjune) and "Dream Of The Gryllidae" with Tony Lowe. So I was quite happy & curious after receiving a review copy of "Mitsugi - Esoteric Rituals".
The album is very psychedelic. I'm talking keyboard soundscapes and fuzz guitar. Searching for sounds, experimenting with limits and boundaries.
Out on Captain Trip Records!
You can check out more Mammal Machine experiments on MySpace
And here's the trailer