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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro: Rotating Wet (2:56)
2. Behind The Wall Of Sheep (15:06)
3. Fluff (6:15)
4. Perpetuum Mobiliar (5:27)
5. A Tuna Sunrise (6:23)
6. Supptruppen (10:56)
7. Auslauf (5:03)
8. Ducktango (2:42)
9. Samba Ohrleck (7:29)
10. Mischwesen (16:48)

Total time: 79:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Dirk Jan Müller / synthesizers, organ, samples
- Dirk Bittner / guitar, percussion, voice, mandolin, trumpet
- Tom Rückwald / bass
- Georg Monheim / drums, tube-wah

Releases information

2LP/CD Sunhair Music (2017 Germany)
recorded live at Cairo Würzburg, 8. Psychedelic Network Festival 28.11.2015

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Review by Rivertree
4 stars This is a live performance from the 8. Psychedelic Network Festival, recorded just at that time in 2015 when their new studio album 'Nein! HITS A Gogo' was ready to be released. A wondrous production by the way, longing back to the very early days in Germany, when open minded musicians and producers began to break the chains while aiming for some experimental and whacked out music stuff. Consequently two excerpts are presented by ELECTRIC ORANGE in Würzburg too, that figures. Overall the ten songs are catering for a very spacey atmosphere, predominantly caused by Dirk Jan Müller and his keyboard stuff as a matter of fact.

When speaking of songs, okay, you will notice the basics, but this are variations, or even interpretations moreover. They'll never ever do the same twice, when it comes to their musical output at least. So much the more when playing live. And this may be the primary occasion that ELECTRIC ORANGE evolved to my most reviewed band over the course. Well, not any excerpt from my favourite 'Krautrock From Hell' album amongst the collection, but there's definitely no reason to complain about the set list however. With at least four representatives 'Netto' is the winner of the competition here.

The gig intro shows Dirk Bittner having a weird, gloomy, spaced out piece of monologue in German language, backed by the other Dirk on synths. Then Behind The Wall Of Sheep and the following Fluff (now finally welcome to the show, Tom!) are confirming the main vibe of the performance. I mean a spacey mid tempo groove, based on varied, very precise and sometimes tribal percussion, garnered with guitar variants from wah wah to soaring space. Additionally synth, organ respectively mellotron patterns are perfectly complementing. Man, what a superb entree!

When implementing somewhat industrial mechanics the mysterious Perpetuum Mobiliar will lead them into authentic krautrock territories more and more. Due to A Tuna Sunrise they are sinking into a trippy mood again after that, soon gliding into the intriguing Supptruppen, perfect interaction guaranteed! While they are using a drum machine, organ and trumpet Drucktango and Samba Ohrleck are from the abovementioned album 'Nein! HITS A Gogo'. You're getting close to more jazzy stuff, reminding me at Staff Carpenborg And The Electric Corona somehow.

Hey, and it's the first time, what I know, that they are introducing the band members to the audience! Finally, the closing Mischwesen shows them on jamming paths again, including a mental downfall towards the end. A gripping flow! Dirk Bittner is leaving the electric guitar aside, solely concentrating on trumpet and additional percussion. I'm repeating myself with pleasure, this band is excellent, entertaining, highly emotional! What also applies to this album, which is available on double vinyl (Adansonia Records) and CD (Sunhair Music). Cover and booklet include some really colourful images from the concert.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars German band Electric Orange have been around in some form for twenty five years now, founded by Dirk Jan Müller, a multi-instrumentalist who primarily handles keyboards (and also recently started a well-received Berlin School-influenced prog-electronic side-project Cosmic Ground). Over their early years, alongside frequent contributor Dirk Bittner, the group was mostly occupied by guests and/or a rotating door of varied musicians, but a settled line-up of the band eventually found their calling in heavy Krautrock-flavoured ambient jams on their most recent works. To commemorate their anniversary, Dirk and the group have delivered three very different and worthy works this year, one of them being `Würzburg Cairo 2015', a live document that showcases their set of trippy, atmospheric and frequently minimalistic jams from the 8th Psychedelic Network Festival of two years ago.

Fifteen-minute opener `Behind The Wall Of Sheep' (yes, you read that right!) sets much of the template that several stretches of the performance cover - behind Georg Monheim's rumbling incessant drums, Dirk's keyboards lightly coat the background in the most subtle of ways with pristine electronic caresses, Tom Rückwald's bass grumbles with purpose and Dirk Bittner's squalling feedback-laced distorted guitars reverberate into infinity. Traces of the improvisation remind of the legendary early Pink Floyd live performances in their more howling moments, and the piece moves between noisier builds and serene come-downs like so many of the classic Krautrock works.

Over a plodding beat, the guitars of `Fluff' move between victorious dreaminess and fierce defiant contemplations, Dirk's bleeding keyboard violations chug in and out of stormy drum tantrums throughout `Perpetuum Mobiliar', and `A Tuna Sunrise' drifts with shimmering electric piano tendrils and shambling acoustic guitars before culminating in a blissful Mellotron lift. `Supptruppen' is eleven minutes of haunting and mysterious drowsy guitar splinters cutting through murky ambient drones, and `Auslauf' is a shorter Mellotron-flecked guitar maelstrom that wouldn't have sounded out of place on the early Tangerine Dream albums. `Ducktango' is an early A.M hours drifting darkly jazzy saunter with slithering thick bass and groaning trumpet cries, and `Samba Ohrleck' is an equally stormy and chilled psychedelic shimmer with maniacal spoken-word rantings.

Equal parts dreamlike wander and nightmarish intensity, the near seventeen-minute closer `Mischwesen' is a relentless percussion-driven masterclass of hypnotic power and carefully executed build. Slow to unfold, meandering bass ruminations, droning trumpet wafts and maddening incessant drumming build into a barely restrained storm, Dirk adding a thick layer of brooding electronic washes, ghostly Mellotron choirs and a touch of early Klaus Schulze to his frantically delirious synth soloing.

Any listeners who have witnessed the band grow into the dynamic and mesmerizing Krautrock band that they are today over their last few studio albums will greatly appreciate this comparable and superb live account. While perhaps the band might be overdue for a new live DVD/Bluray, their first since `Live at the Psychedelic Network Festival 2007' a decade ago, `Würzburg Cairo 2015' is available on both CD and a lavish double LP on Sunhair Records, and it makes for a very fine way to celebrate the first twenty-five years of the group - here's to the next quarter century!

Four stars.

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