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Back in 1978, Makoto Kawabata borrowed a synthesiser and made a few of his own instruments just so he could make some tunes for himself to listen to. The rest, as they say, is history. Across thirty years Makoto has been making experimental, improvisational progressive rock. Whether it was with his 90s outfit Acid Mothers Temple or Ankoku Kakumei Kyodatai (or Dark Revolutionary Collective, if you’re wondering about the translation), Makoto has always been at the forefront of his genre, creating refreshing and invigorating music, even so far into his career.

For those of us who like something at the end of spectrum that’s just a bit distinctly weird – and who doesn’t like a bit of that now and then – Makoto is one not to be missed. He rewards the listener at his shows with free-form wig-outs and what he calls “aural hallucinations.” While his music is sonically impressive, immersive and highly atmospheric, it can also prove to be a nightmare to describe. Makoto is best understood in the live environment, where he can practice his art and pleasure the listeners’ ears with blissful tunes. In many ways indefinable and indescribable, the effect of his show will leave you in raptures.

Kawabata Makoto comes to The Cluny, Newcastle on Thursday 4th June.

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