Behold With Dim Light, the excellent new album from Japanese psych-heads, Minami Deutsch.
As Kikagaku Moyo and Guruguru Brain honcho, Go Kurosawa, mentioned last year, the band’s self-titled debut was more or less different variations on the motorik beat. This is not that. “Concrete Ocean” opens into a nice zone that’s more fusion than krautrock, though there is a definite “One More Night” vibe in the air. After repeated listens, “Tangled Yarn” very much remains a sustaining dose of transcendental rock and roll. Which is nice.
“Tunnel” and “I’ve Seen A U.F.O.” are together over 14 minutes of open-throttle motorik bliss. It’s hard to decide what’s best about the latter song — the groove, Kyotara Miula’s tripped-out vocals, or the scalding guitars that eventually lead the beast caterwauling off the expressway into a heap of twisted metal. (Just how scary was that U.F.O?)
Things cool down a bit with the traditional-leaning “Bitter Moon.” But even when Minami Deutsch chills out, the band still ends up shredding. Finally, “Don’t Wanna Go Back” sees everyone dancing trancelike into the streets on a web of guitars and a Loft-worthy bassline.