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NIGHT WORKS

Gila

 

Krautrock

3.37 | 38 ratings

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remdug
3 stars This album is a recording of an early 1972 show in Cologne, shortly before their first split. The sound is quite dirty (it's a stage sound), but is very good for that kind of rough psychedelic music. It really deserves the name ok krautrock. The song are often based on the same kind of dark, heavy, psychedelic, almost tribal rythmics, with a very simple structure of two or three chords, which is developped in long musical improvisations, played by either the organ, plugged into sometimes wah, delay or fuzz, or the guitar, with the same kind of effects. very few singing (only on the second track, "Braintwist", sung - not very well, but in harmony with their style - by Conny Veit). The global atmosphere reminds me the late '60s - early '70s Pink Floyd shows, with lots of improvisation, strange noisy guitar (and seldom organ) effects, that we can hear for example on "The Gila Symphony". In fact, it's pure space rock, where heavy rythms carry aerian, hypnotic or hallucinated solis. This is a very good album for a fan of this kind of music. I only heard once or twice their first album, "Free Electric Sound", which seemed to me more progressive - and more accessible - than this one. In conclusion, "Night Works" is a very good title for this album, which well describes the atmosphere, and the impression, due to the long endless improvisations, that it's in some way a work-in-progress, with very good titles, that might be improved. Although it remains for me a little jewel of german space rock.
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