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3 stars Where should my heart be buried?

Conny Veit reformed the band GILA with two members of Popol Vuh and released this album in 1973. 'Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee' is astonishing, very different to the forerunner. The album consists of music which is oriented at american psych and folk but sounds unique nevertheless, a concept album with a story about the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890 where the indian natives suffered a heavy defeat. I don't know if another german band ever tried to work out such a theme in this way - very curageous and GILA is successful though.

This is not really krautrock on the other hand but they offer seven songs with beautiful melodies. Somewhat unplugged music dominated by acoustic guitar, male/female vocal harmonies, piano (Florian Fricke) but also with some original indian percussion and dance rhythms. All the other instuments, drums, Mellotron and electric guitar, are used sparingly. The band provides a very melancholic mood with meandering melodies, compact and matured.

Excellent psychedelic and folk pregnant music with Black Kettle's Ballad and The Buffalo are Coming as the highlights - 3.5 stars.

Rivertree | 3/5 |


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