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RARE BIRDS

Hoelderlin

 

Prog Folk

3.54 | 41 ratings

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Kingsnake
4 stars This is exactly the kind of seventies progrock I want to hear.

I only recently discovered this band. They craft perfect eclectic progressive rock with psychedelic and canterbury- stylistics. The band is labeled as progfolk, and although there's some folk-influences, it's mostly progfusionrock.

What sets this band apart from so many other progbands is the viola. Caravan is the only other band with viola (Geoff Richardson). A viola is somewhere between the violin and cello. So somewhere between uplifting and depressing: the perfect balance.

Because th band has three vocalists, it all adds to the colour of the sound. Apart from the singing (wich is really great) there's lots of instrumental play. If one would say Hoederlin was a canterbury-band I would have believed it. The only other bands from Germany from this era that come close to this high standard is Kraan.

I also love all the Hoelderlin artwork, and this one is again very tasteful!

Kingsnake | 4/5 |

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