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AMMERLAND

Schicke & Führs & Fröhling

 

Symphonic Prog

3.81 | 51 ratings

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beebfader
4 stars Pastoral instrumental beauty,German style., 23 Jun 2010

This review is from: Ammerland (Audio CD Esoteric Reactive Reissue 2010) Following the demise of the heavier power trio SFF, the FF component decided to concentrate on the quieter side of their music and created this forgotten gem, which up until now has only seen illegal `needle drop' release on CD. This is part of Esoteric's new imprint `Reactive' which promises many gems from the world of Krautrock.

This genre is a very broad church, and this is far far away from Neu! and Faust. The main instruments here are acoustic guitars and keyboards (largely Grand Piano, Mini Moog, Mellotron) .The music is strongly melodic and bright without being cloying, and will certainly appeal to fans of Mike Oldfield, Jade Warrior, maybe even Michael Rother. It is an entirely instrumental suite, whose sparkling textures like sunlight through leaves, or gentle waves on the water benefit greatly from a pristine mastering job.

After six short instrumentals which blend seamlessly to form the old side one, the centrepiece is the 13 minute `Every Land Tells A Story', which moves through various moods and tempos to create a pleasant journey. It's as gentle as the wind in the trees. It is a perfect record for a lazy summer day with the windows open and the birds singing in the background. The pieces really drift into each other and work as a whole suite, so forget the less than inspired titles and listen as a whole for a completely satisfying 40 minutes.

beebfader | 4/5 |

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