Formed in 2007 in Montreal by Asian-American performance artists alaskaB and
Ruby Kato Attwood (both former members of Lesbian Fight Club),
the art collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan recorded one of the most original
contributions to East-West musical fusion in the new century,
YT // ST (Psychic Handshake, 2011).
Ruby Kato Attwood on vocals, Alaska B on drums, John Ancheta on bass,
Shub Roy on guitar and
Brendan Swanson on keyboards are far from virtuoso musicians, but the whole
unleashes an eclectic portfolio of post-psychedelic music.
In just six minutes Reverse Crystal - Murder Of A Spider
manages to morph from a baroque keyboard motif to a psychedelic black hole.
The influences, however, stretch beyond acid-rock:
Queens evokes the prog-rock style of
Art Bears, replete with
operatic Dagmar Krause-esque vocals
and Martian rhythms,
and Hoshi Neko harks back to vintage, sensual, Japanese pop.
The intellectual overtones of the other pieces are brushed aside for
A Star Over Pureland, something in between a
Jimi Hendrix-ian jam
and a satanic version of a
Red Crayola freak-out.
This segues into another loud distorted acid trip,
Crystal Fortress Over the Sea of Trees, with jazzy keyboards
and thundering rhythm.
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