Boredoms bass player Hira is the vocalist in Hanadensha -- the name means something along the lines of "Electric Flower Car". The group first appeared with two albums of heavy, psych-tinged rock on Osaka's Alchemy Records label, before making a remarkable transformation into a formidably lysergic entity releasing some of the most spaced-out music I've encountered recently. Aside from an early change of guitarists, the lineup has remained quite stable: Hira on vocals; Aoyagi on guitar; Yokota on bass; and Tatekawa on drums. On the recent spacier releases, keyboardist Ieguchi joined the group. In 1997, Hanadensha went for broke with a trilogy of totally psyched-out, drug-induced space music EPs. "Astral Pigmy Wave", the first, has two very long tracks. "Astral Pigmy Wave" itself is 18 minutes, starting with chanting pygmies (I suppose) over spacey synthesizer drones. It slowly changes to murmuring sounds, burbling liquid tones and elongated noises. "Herb Tower" is 21 minutes of continually reverberating electronic sounds, occasional guitar notes delayed to infinity, and dreamy synthesizers. Late night sounds for stoned floating. "Acoustic Mothership" ,the second of the trilogy boasts four tracks for 38 minutes worth of space out. "Brazilian Morning Fever" is a brief opener with clicking, vibrating sounds and weird noises. "Acid River" flows for eight minutes with heavy fuzzed-out waves of sound, topped by trebly notes (guitar? synth? who knows) warping and repeating over itself in a mesmerizing fashion. "Elemental Jam" isn't quite as exciting; its organ-loaded meandering doesn't seem to go anywhere much. "Acoustic Mothership" starts out with cool rhythmic chirps and noises that slowly change as other synthesizer sounds come and go. "Doobie Shining Love" is the shortest of the three EPs, with three songs totalling 18 minutes, and is somewhat different from the other two as it has actual songs, of a sort. "Doobie Shining Love" presents a slow, funky bassline over a synth rhythm, as smooth vocals murmur the title over and over while spaced-out electronic tones float by. Pretty cool. "Star" is taken from the Narcotic Guitar album and included here, for some reason. "Seasky Rainbow" closes the CD with a nice, happy-sounding song. A simple melody picked on the guitar is augmented by synth and organ, with other, occasionally goofy, sounds. Then about halfway through, the gears abruptly change and a heavier fuzz-guitar sound beefs things up nicely.
Absolutely freaked out ,weird electroexperimental cosmic music!