I have been meaning to investigate the work of these master musicians for some time, not just because of their links to Secret Chiefs 3 but because they’re managed to alienate themselves from any hope of mainstream success by choosing to name themselves after the popular Japanese pastime of Bukkake, which is something to do with painting ceramic frogs. I believe. Ahem.
If they were looking to impress and/or secure a favourable review from me (they weren’t) then opening the album with some white noise that gives way to a homage to Pink Floyd’s dour classic “Welcome To The Machine” is an excellent way to do it. Prog rock and mysticism run through the veins of this record in equal measures, and from its obscure and unpronounceable song titles (“γη-νομος”) to its immaculately tailored krautrock leanings, this is a record that is simply screaming to be owned by anyone who demands intellectual satisfaction with their sounds. I always feel that records this good deserve intellectually rigorous study and 1000’s of words devoted to them… but I also think that would be a waste of time when you can just listen to something like the wondrous “ARCHE”, a song that balances a beautiful, mournful analog synth refrain on a teetering Middle Eastern rythmn. It doesn’t need any words to completely capture your imagination so I’m going to insist that I stop rambling right away so that you can go and buy this album in whatever format you find pleasing and enjoy playing it over and over from start to finish, like I have.