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Ash Ra Tempel



4.12 | 400 ratings

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Tom Ozric
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5 stars Apologies to all Prog-heads who yearn for melodicism, structure and mathematical complexity in what they listen to, this one may not be for you.... Originating from the 'Krautrock' movement of early 70's Germany, ASH RA TEMPEL was a phenomenal band of 3 free-thinking figures - two of which were to make many highly respected and important contributions to the burgeoning experimental electronic scene that was to take the world by storm (so to speak) in just a few years time from this release. Manuel Gotsching (guitars/vocals/electronics), Klaus Schulze (drums/perc./electronics) and Hartmut Enke (Bass). The electronics here are not synthesised, more so referring to reverb, echo, vibrato etc. effects. This debut self-titled record features 2 side-long compositions - one heavy and relentless (Amboss), the other serene and atmospheric (Traummaschine, which tends to be regarded as the stronger piece ) - I'm sure most reviews will state this... This is a typical 'Krauty' production, i.e. primitive sounding with a less-than-perfect mix on the instruments - Hartmut's Bass is virtually relegated to a subtle rumble in the background, but when it's discernable, it can shred, at least, it sounds like a Bass ripping alongside Gotsching's guitar during the later part of Amboss. I can also notice his Floydian (rather Waters-like) octaves about half-way through Traummaschine - along with the celestial oooh-ing of Goettsching, it's hard not to be reminded of Careful With That Axe, Eugene. Of course, it only lasts a minute or 2. Guitarist Manuel is on fire, absolutely blistering all over Amboss, restrained beauty on Traummaschine, and Schulze's percussion skills becoming more focused and effective - his hand-Percussion adds so much depth to Traummaschine that I find it difficult not to be totally absorbed by these wonderful rhythms, especially when accompanying the warmth of Manuel's shimmering guitars and ethereal volume-swells. In contrast to the lower ratings this album receives, it isn't for everyone, but it can mean so much to others. One of the crowning achievements of Spacey psychedelia.
Tom Ozric | 5/5 |


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