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3 stars Obscure - promised ...

Well, this is obviously krautrock music. A more appropriate category doesn't come into my mind when listening to this very special thing. The songs are experimental with surprising changes - full of variations and freaky contributions by the musicians. This album is referring to many different music styles which is significant for kraut. On the other hand there are also poppish vocals and simple elements which are far away from a prog relation. But that's not unusual what I would say. SIDDHARTHA mixes this in a very special unique manner, often in an orchestral mood similar to the german band Out Of Focus for example, supported by a dramatic organ. Stylistically something which I never heard before and it takes time to come in for sure.

Beginning with Looking In The Past I was first thinking to be on a song contest not only because of the female vocals (which are finally suitable though when you are listening to this for more than one or two times). Then suddenly the song changes into a fantastic blend of Jazz and Art Rock which is later divided by some simple dancing school impressions. Crazy! The instrumental Tanz Im Schnee starts jazzy swinging, gets a little bit rockier later and ends symphonic and very dramatically with classic impressions and a church organ. Times Of Delight impresses with twin electric guitars and violin, mainly psychedelic with a maniac end.

Weit weg is the longest song, epic with german lyrics, several speed and style variations, sometimes folk oriented, sometimes jazz rock. I'm sure drummer Klaus Hermann must have been a member of a german marching band (Spielmannszug) before he came to the band. The psychedelic Gift Of The Fool begins with violin impressions which I associate spontaneously with relaxing in an austrian Heuriger drinking a glass of wine. The vocals - this time in english - are very special once again. Another interesting song whereby you might have problems to get the orientation back afterwards.

As you hopefully have mentioned now 'Weltschmerz' is a very special object. Is it simple or is it brilliant? Both is suitable but it's hard to digest. If you're interested in obscure krautrock this album is a recommendation which you cannot ignore - 3.5 stars.

Rivertree | 3/5 |


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