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1001° CENTIGRADES

Magma

 

Zeuhl

4.13 | 295 ratings

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obiter
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4 stars A rip roaring expedition into the eclectic world of zeuhl.

Not as approachable but more challenging than Hhai/Live, 1001 is definitely a love it or hate album.

Riah Sahïltaahk is characteristic of the album as a whole. There are passages of weirdness interspersed with smooth jazz interludes. During the jazzy bits, the listening becomes a lot easier. And yet, there is no doubt that having listened again and again to the album it is the weirdness that grabs you: it's that original strangeness that offers more.

Iss has a trippy groovy bass intro that would not be out of place as a backing track to some of the darker corners of the internet. Dripping with groove and a salacious undertone. It enters a land of trippy weirdness before finding an altogether more spaced out jazz feel.

Ki Ïahl Ö Lïahk has a very jazzy feel. At times it almost sounds mainstream late 60s/early 70s.

Maybe it's still a bit rough round the edges still, the ideas are there, but this is not the finished article. wait for MDK and Live.

The complex arrangements and accomplished musicianship are obvious. The bizarre vision is also slowly crystallizing.

It's a good album, certainly a decent addition to a prog music collection. Between 3 and 4 for me: on balance a 4. I'd recommend MDK or Hhai/Live for the non-initiated.

obiter | 4/5 |

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