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JOIN INN

Ash Ra Tempel

 

Krautrock

3.87 | 155 ratings

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Modrigue
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4 stars Klaus joins in

After the odd and somehow impersonal "Seven Up", this fourth studio album strictly respects the formula ASH RA TEMPEL established since their self-titled debut: the first side rock-oriented, the second side ambient and spacey. This will also be the band's last opus with this track structure. Released the same year as its predecessor, "Join Inn" features the participation of original member Klaus Schulze and, for the first time, Rosi Müller, Manuel Göttsching's girlfriend.

"Freak'n'roll" carries well its name. Göttsching, Enke and Schulze at guitar, bass and drums, a few sound effects and here we go. No bluesy or vocal passages, no complex changes, just a pure psychedelic / space rock jam, like a raw sonic magma. Nothing less, nothing more. The ending rocks!

Entirely electronic with discrete vocals from Rosi Müller in German, "Jenseits" ("Beyond" in English) clearly reminds Klaus Schulze's compositions at the time. The slow and delicate synthesizers textures weave contemplative and ethereal soundscapes, sometimes a little futuristic, sometimes a little mystical too.

A bit less immersive as the well-known self-titled debut, "Seven Up" nonetheless remains the second best, as well as the album the most faithful to the spirit of the band. As ASH RA TEMPEL in its purest form, this record will unfortunately be the last of its kind too...

Krautrock and early Klaus Schulze lovers are invited to join this trippy inn!

Modrigue | 4/5 |

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