Lsd March - Constellation Of Tragedy
With the brooding, slightly raw drone that is becoming their glorious trademark, “Constellation of Tragedy” is the best LSD march yet, one that places Shinsuke Michishita near the top in my book for being able to translate his personal vision into solid, memorable rock. You don’t need to understand Japanese to be affected by the five tracks on this set. Their power comes from the inside, where angst and hope battle it out in universal terms. Michishita’s guitar is by turns tentative and stealthy, and raucous and jagged. He also contributes similarly evocative sounds from the theremin, music box and harmonica.
The songs here recall the Velvets in their fearless smolder, but also one-up most current psych and noise with their taut emotional power.
Michishita has said that “I believe in Japanese rock's potential and me.” With this release, he is moving the potential of both to mesmerizing new vistas. After listening to “Constellation,” it ought to be impossible to shoegaze without thinking of LSD March, and its growing place in the history of fearless rock.
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