|MAGIC AUM GIGI - Starring Keiko / Fractal 189
> Dusted Magazine (Still Single: Vol. 3, No. 6) - August 2007 (USA)
Solo circadian dribbles from Acid Mothers' Gigi, doing four longform
conceptual pieces for Jew's Harp, voice, synthesizer, and guitar,
respectively. Side one is tightly knit and lost in the trance. Side two
explores the spaceways in Teletubby color, a truly cosmic experience
and the real reason to own this record. The rest is just fine tuning
for your brain. Pretty crucial for the track mentioned. Edition of 200
> Music Emissions (www.musicemissions.com) - 6 september 2007 (USA)
In a limited edition of 200 copies, this sophomore release is an
acquired taste, and certainly miles away from their drone-metal debut,
2004’s "My Metal Machine Music." Magic Aum GiGi here, with the
help of singer Keiko, is a sort of concept record, with each of the
four tunes driven by one of four instruments: guitar, synth, voice, and
Jew’s harp. Depending on your taste, this is hit and miss.
Keiko’s vocal performance has a drony, ethereal quality, though
the melody is minimal and repetitive. In fact, all of the pieces are
repetitive, which is never a problem so long as the melody is
those terms, the guitar piece and the vocals work the best. The
Jew’s harp piece takes some getting used to, but for me the
experiment runs out of fun quickly. Likewise with the synth track: a
bit too thin to carry the day on its own.
Aum GiGi have already shown themselves to be restless and daring after
only two releases. "Starring Keiko" is worth the effort, despite its
lapses. Personally, a good guitar driven improv atones for a multitude
of missteps. Here, there are only a few to surmount. This disc is a
small blessing, but a blessing nonetheless.
> AQUARIUS RECORDS - List #275 - (21 September 2007) - USA
We proudly proclaimed Magic Aum Gigi's last lp, the mind blowing MMMM,
to be our new favorite record when we reviewed it a while back, a dense
blast of "raga metal" that pushed ALL our buttons. So we were super
psyched when we heard there was a brand new lp, which is way different,
but just as cool.
Aum Gigi is a Frenchman, and honorary member of the Acid Mothers Temple
extended soul collective, but the music he makes on his own is well
removed from the blown out psych of the AMT mothership. You won't find
any raga metal here, instead, four extended tracks, each created with a
single instrument or sound. From the Ash Ra homage on the cover, we
knew we were in for something hypnotic and tripped out.
opener is worth the price of admission alone, the first half of side
one is solo Jew's harp, heavily affected and processed, the twang and
buzz looped into an epic expanse of Reichian rhythmic pulses, rife with
all sorts of strange and subtle variations and sonic overtones, some so
percussive it ends up sounding like some alien robotic transmission.
Fans of Daniel Higgs' Jew's harp record will go nuts. And any one into
dense looped drones will be in heaven. We could listen to just that
second track, and the rest of the first side is a mumbled soundscape
assembled from just voices, a background glottal buzz, an undercurrent
of rapid syllabic sibilance, all blurred and looped until the voices
just sound like haunting tones, deftly arranged into slow shifting
rhythms and sweeping moody arrangements. Cool.
flip side begins with a piece for just synthesizer, and is a crazy
tangled chunk of chaotic sound, like a squiggly spaceship harpsichord
gone haywire, garbled melodies, synth buzz, all atonal and slippery,
dizzying and confusional, a bit like some stately Medieval court music,
brought to the future and played by malfunctioning computers. Finally
the record finishes off with a piece for just guitar, a gorgeous muted
percussive drift, the notes all attack and very little decay, an ultra
pizzicato assemblage of melodies, pulses and thumps, delayed and
reverbed and woven into tranced out krautrocklike rhythms. So awesome.
ULTRA LIMITED! Only 200 copies!!