"Not One Star Will Stand The Night" CD
Attractors Audio House
Genres: drone rock, ambient rock
PO Box 13007
Nov 3 - 9 2003
takes around ten minutes to get adjusted to Not One Star Will Stand
The Night, but midway through the twenty five minute epic "We
Are For The Dark," you'll start to comprehend. You'll
understand that when Acid Mothers Temple members Kawabata,
Makoto, Cotton Casino, and Kaoizumi Hajima and Telstar
Ponies guitarist David Keenan entered London's Moat Studio
together and, hours later, walked out into the daylight with only a
two-track disc to show, there was something very special going
on. They had created music worth listening to. Music that
deserves to be listened to.
And this is it. Droning, powerful soundscapes created only
with guitar, percussion, sarangi, and vocals - noise that feels
orchestral and yet forgoes unnecessary elaboration. Of course,
it takes a patient and open-minded person to appreciate what Rebel
Powers have created; there will be many who don't understand, and
there will be many who don't want to bother - but to drone rock
enthusiasts, to ambient freaks, to those who dug GYBE! but were
looking for something more abstract and experimental, Not One Star
Will Stand The Night will prove to be a powerful, epic album not
worth missing out on.
Meditative, moving, thought-provoking, mind-expanding - they're all
words that are going to be used to describe this disc and, when all is
said and done, they're also used to describe many other things.
But one of the allures of Rebel Powers' music - and likewise Acid
Mothers Temple's and many similar drone rock bands' is that its
beauty is inexplicable. It's wonderful, but in an indescribable way.
But I'll spare you the philosophy and leave you with this - Rebel
Powers' Not One Star Will Stand The Night deserves fifty
minutes of your time. Choose wisely.
[Vitals: 2 tracks, distributed by Forced
Exposure, released 2003]