Posts Tagged ‘Krautrock’

Album of the day: E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr – Kometenbahn

Posted on Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Ave Noctum: Well even with a basic grasp of German you should know what an Autobahn is and with Kometbahn it’s not difficult to guess we are heading to space along with the comet’s path. Then there is the name of the band (E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr) , one could say sounds a bit Kraut and that would not actually be rude as there is such a form of widely accepted music known as Krautrock.

E-Musikgruppe - Lux Ohr

Worked it out yet? Well probably not quite, as although I had arrived at the style of music correctly I would not have guessed that it was being done by a bunch of crazy Finns from their “deep space agency.”

That is exactly what we have here though and amongst these mad boffins of technological sound exploration we have members united to the cause such as Kimi Kärki of Reverend Bizarre and Lord Vicar teamed up with others from musical backgrounds as disparate as punk, folk-prog and even techno house and ambient acts.

Musically if you are into instrumental music and lots of synthesizers playing sci-fi enhanced music that takes you into the stars, country of origin is inconsequential. It is quickly obvious that this lot hit the nail on the head with their retro futurist (yeah a paradoxical but apt description) music.

‘Prolog In Himmel’ does actually start with some vocorder voices that sound like they are transmitted from a far off planet, possibly one now rendered extinct due to the time they have taken to beam down to earth. It sets the mood up nicely for ‘Nachgeist’ ebbing in with cold pulses escaping from the frigid landscape of Carpenter’s Thing and swooshing with slow and quiet pulses and meandering guitar work.

As the guitar sound builds I am waiting for the unmistakable voice of Dave Brock to join in as it sounds very much like the ghost of Huw Lloyd-Langton at work here. Melody is quite mournful here, I am drawn back to thinking of a deceased civilisation and

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Album of the day: Neptune Towers – Caravans To Empire Algol

Posted on Saturday, November 10th, 2012

Praise for Neptune Towers’ Caravans To Empire Algol from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We love Fenriz. Not just cuz he’s the drummer from legendary black metal duo Darkthrone, but cuz he’s a funny, super opinionated, black metal mouthpiece, whose musical knowledge, especially when it comes to metal, but well beyond, are […]

Album of the day: Maserati – Maserati VII

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: In the Simpsons episode “A Milhouse Divided”, Marge and Homer renew their vows. Homer‘s self-written vows include a series of “sickness and in health” dualities, one of which is “in quiet solitude or blasting across the alkali flats in a jet-powered, monkey-navigated…” Rev. Lovejoy doesn’t finish […]

Album of the day: Aluk Todolo – Occult Rock

Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: For better and worse, audacity is an essential aspect of Aluk Todolo. After all, for the bulk of the last decade, the French trio of black metal veterans has attempted an unwieldy mission– to set the dark sounds of their past to the typically kaleidoscopic expanses […]

Album of the day: Obelyskkh – White Lightnin

Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Having been labelled as the ‘Phantom Of German Doom’ because of their self-proclaimed abstinence from record releases, the German doom merchants Obelyskkh have suddenly become prolific in the art of committing their work to wax lately with their latest slab White Lightnin following hot […]

Album of the day: Camera – Radiate

Posted on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Praise for Camera‘s Radiate from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: German band Camera definitely belong on the Bureau B label, who have brought us quite a few killer krautrock reissues over the years (including the recent Record Of The Week by Gunter Schickert). But – this isn’t a reissue! Camera are […]

Album of the day: Locrian – The Clearing/The Final Epoch

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: For the past eight years, prolific experimental / noise trio Locrian have been generating imaginative sounds and gaining ecstatic reviews for their multi-genre, atmospheric interfusions. The band’s first release for new label Relapse, The Clearing / The Final Epoch, is a CD re-release of […]

Album of the day: Sylvester Anfang II – Latitudes

Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2012

Praise for Sylvester Anfang II‘s Latitudes from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: It’s been more than 2 years since we last heard from this Flemish free-noise post-kraut avant-psych collective, and strangely, this Latitudes session was recorded back in 2010, so while it’s technically a new releases, the actual status of this […]

Album of the day: People of the North – Steep Formations

Posted on Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Praise for People of the North‘s Steep Formations from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Record number two from this Oneida offshoot, two long form pieces, both heavily drum driven, spaced out, psychedelic and very very rhythmic, beholden for sure to the many minimalist greats that came before, not to mention heavily […]

Album of the day: Pyramidal – Dawn in Space

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Born Again Nihilist: Pyramidal are a four-piece Psychedelic and Space-rock band from Alicante Spain. While not absolutely instrumental, the music is certainly for those who prefer the long and full exploitation of melodies, and that’s just what I’m in the mood for right now! Instrumental intro track […]