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VON ZAMLA "1983"

Von Zamla

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.74 | 24 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I guess you could say that VON ZAMLA are an offshoot of SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA and ZAMLA MAMMAZ MANNA. In fact they dedicate the bonus track to these two bands. Cool that Michel Berckmans from UNIVERS ZERO was part of this band on their tour. He plays bassoon and aboe.These tracks are taken from two concerts a couple of days apart in Germany in March of 1983.

"Ten Tango" is led by aboe then piano and other intricate sounds start to come and go as it gets fuller. Great sound here. Guitar after 3 minutes.The mood changes before 4 1/2 minutes as it turns dark with bassoon. "Forgeetyde" kicks in quickly and we get horns 1 1/2 minutes in. So much going on.This is amazing ! "Harujanta" opens with horns and an upbeat rhythm as spoken vocals join in.They will come and go. Accordion in this one too.This is just a joy to listen to. "Temporal You Are" opens with atmosphere and no melody. Love this stuff. We start to get a rhythm 3 minutes in as the atmosphere continues.Vocal melodies come in and they're melancholic. "Antsong" has a humerous ryhthm to it with the horns honking.The guitar replaces the horns before 3 minutes but they return a minute later.

"Fur Munju / Indo Jazz" is mostly accordion and aboe playing over this pulsating beat. "Glassmusic" is a short haunting piece. "Rainbox" is mainly accordion, aboe, drums and piano. "Doppler" builds slowly and it becomes quite intense after 2 minutes. Great sound ! "Akarondo" opens with vocal melodies and clapping as the music joins in after a minute then takes over. "Dancing Madras" is mostly one of the band members talking to the audience then the music kicks in and blends into "Clandestine". Bass, aboe and piano standout early and it's fairly uptempo. Organ and laughter before 2 minutes.Vocal expressions before 5 minutes.

What a great album ! A nice addition to my SAMLA and ZAMLA albums.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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