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Florian Fricke was born by Lake Constance in 1944. From 1959 till 1963 he studied music in Munich, where he was a pupil of Rudolph Hindemith (Paul Hindemith's brother). At the age of 25 he became acquainted with the Moog synthsizer which leads him to form his band POPOL VUH. This name and inspiration come from the holy book of Guatemala's Quiche Indians. Historically, Popol Vuh's "Affestunde" (1970) is the first experimental rock release entirely built around the Moog Synthesiser (with the add of percussions to provide a mystical flavour).

In 1971, their second album "In Den Garten Pharaos" keeps on fusing ambient electronic textures with traditional, ethnic instruments, but put the stress on spiritual themes. In 1972, "Hosianna Mantra" marked a turning point in POPOL VUH career by rejecting electronic instrumentations in favour of acoustic elements including a lot of oboe, konga, tamboura accompaniment and female vocals (the Korean soprano singer Djong Yun and later Renate Knaup, front woman of AMON DÜÜL II)

In 1974, after the departure of the guitarist Conny Veit (the founder of GILA), Daniel Fichelscher (former drummer of AMON DÜÜL II) becomes an active member of POPOL VUH ethereal and spiritual adventure. Florian Frike's POPOL VUH was also known from a larger audience thanks to the collaboration with the German director Werner Herzog, providing the soundtracks of many of his classic films, notably the hypnotic and reflective "Aguire, Wrath of God", "Heart of Glass"...In 1978, Florian Fricke founded the "working group for creative singing" and became a member of the society of breathing therapy. He holds lectures all over the world on his work in this field.

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3.16 | 86 ratings
3.99 | 160 ratings
In Den Gärten Pharaos
4.21 | 253 ratings
Hosianna Mantra
4.08 | 116 ratings
4.02 | 105 ratings
Einsjäger & Siebenjäger
3.70 | 83 ratings
Das Hohelied Salomos
4.02 | 126 ratings
4.16 | 107 ratings
Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte
2.75 | 30 ratings
3.64 | 43 ratings
Herz Aus Glas
3.97 | 76 ratings
On The Way To A Little Way
3.51 | 49 ratings
Brüder Des Schattens - Söhne Des Lichts
3.87 | 39 ratings
Die Nacht Der Seele - Tantric Songs
3.47 | 32 ratings
Sei Still, Wisse ICH BIN
3.37 | 24 ratings
Agape-Agape Love-Love
2.96 | 18 ratings
Spirit Of Peace
3.04 | 17 ratings
Cobra Verde (OST)
2.61 | 12 ratings
For You And Me
2.56 | 9 ratings
City Raga
1.73 | 13 ratings
Shepherd's Symphony
2.55 | 11 ratings
Messa Di Orfeo

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Discover Cosmic
0.00 | 0 ratings
Perlenklänge - The Best Of Popol Vuh
4.07 | 34 ratings
Tantric Songs
2.61 | 13 ratings
3.88 | 5 ratings
Music from the Werner Herzog Films
0.00 | 0 ratings
In The Gardens Of Pharao / Aguirre
2.00 | 3 ratings
Gesang der Gesänge
4.84 | 6 ratings
The Best of Popol Vuh
0.00 | 0 ratings
Florian Fricke
3.88 | 18 ratings
Hosianna Mantra / Tantric Songs
2.59 | 9 ratings
Sing, for Songs Drive Away the Wolves
3.00 | 3 ratings
Best of Popol Vuh
3.00 | 2 ratings
Movie Music
3.00 | 2 ratings
Soundtracks For Werner Herzog
3.89 | 7 ratings
Nicht Hoch Im Himmel
0.00 | 0 ratings
Future Sound Experience
2.50 | 2 ratings
70s Progressives
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Werner Herzog Soundtracks
0.00 | 0 ratings
Revisited & Remixed 1970 - 1999
0.00 | 0 ratings

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City Raga
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Nachts: Schnee


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 Affenstunde by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.16 | 86 ratings

Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by ALotOfBottle
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The bitter influence that World War II left on Germany proved awfully difficult to get rid of. It was up to the first post-war generation to make a change. 1968's protests in Europe helped the contemporary youth to unite and creating a completely new subculture or a class of young, intellectual, open-minded individuals with left-wing political views, who rejected the musical influence of British and American psychedelia in search of their own identity. One of such people was Florian Fricke, a student of piano, composition, and directing at the Conservatories in Freiburg and Munich. Being a disciple of the composer Rudolf Hindemith, the brother of slightly better-known Paul Hindemith, helped Fricke in expanding his musical horizons. At that time, he also became fascinated with musical styles such as free jazz and ethnic music. In 1969, he purchased one of the very first Moog synthesizers to appear on the market. The same year, he founded the band Popol Vuh, whose name derived from an ancient Mayan manuscript (the title translating into The Book Of the Community), together with Holger Trülzsch, a percussionist, and Frank Fiedler, who dealt with the technical aspect of the group's sound. Their debut album, Affenstunde was released in 1970 under the Liberty label.

The album comprises two side-long epics: "Ich Mache Einen Spiege", which is divided into three movements, and the title track, "Affenstunde", respectively. The first part of the first suite, contrarily named "Dream Part 4", opens with a static drone including various swirling electronic and pre-recorded effects passing through. These give somewhat of an industrial effect , often sounding like technical devices. This part remains quite unchanged except for very slow frequency pulses, sometimes influencing the sound in making it a bit heavier, sometimes much lighter. Next up, "Dream Part 5" is devoted to showcasing Holger Trülzsch's percussion abilities. A person credited as "Bettina" plays Indian tabla, which really enriches the overall feel of the track, adding a very exotic, Eastern flavor. At the same time, it also points the way towards Popol Vuh's future influences. The rhythmic pace of Part 5 is steady with numerous variations. "Dream Part 49" follows the previous movements with silent, slowly pulsating sounds of Florian Fricke's Moog III synthesizer, which at times bring the sound of mellow church organ to mind. Once again, the texture remains rather static, however, towards the end, the instrument appears as if more "self-assured", becoming slightly louder at the ridge of the synthesizer wave, before descending into complete silence.

"Affenstunde" begins slightly more confidently with a steady tabla rhythm accompanied by a dark "cloud" from Fricke's synthesizer. As the piece slowly grows, one is able to hear distant effects struggling to break through. Suddenly, the beat fades away and the synth is left alone. Then, Florian Fricke plays a striking modal solo with a beautiful timbre of Moog's distinctive triangle-wave based on a static drone. This is really where his instrumental abilities come through. Tabla and various percussion instruments appear once more, but not really in the form of laying down any rhythm, but rather accompanying Fricke in his solo part, adding a bit more variety, and working in favor of dark, soporific, foggy atmospherics. In this wonderful way, the piece slowly starts to fall silent, as if falling asleep and wanting to say "good night, I sincerely hope you have enjoyed your journey."

The 2004 CD reissue of the release on SPV recordings offers one more bonus track, "Train Through Time." The piece lasts for ten minutes and is kept in a very similar fashion as the tracks from the original issue of the album, showcasing the fantastic percussion work as well as many fascinating effects from Florian Fricke's Moog.

How are musical revolutions started? It often comes down to one groundbreaking album - a one-of-a-kind. bold, uncompromising musical statement created by one or more unorthodox, forward-thinking musicians. And Affenstunde undoubtedly deserves a title of a groundbreaking work. Its peaceful, quiet nature paved the way for genres such as ambient or drone. It's not without its flaws, for sure, but is definitely worth acknowledgement and appreciation. Above all, Affensunde is at least partly responsible for laying foundation for a revolution of the German youth culture. This is not an easy work to appreciate, one might highly likely find it boring and requiring minimal musical abilities. However, I would not say this album is about showcasing skill, but rather about building atmospherics and drawing different sonic landscapes. That being said, it does require a considerably different approach from the listener. Anyhow, Popol Vuh's debut is a truly essential krautrock album and is very highly recommended!

 Yoga by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.75 | 30 ratings

Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by Sergey Slenkoff

3 stars It's very pleasant album of Indian music but pay your attention - it's no Popol Vuh and the character of the involvement of Florian in this record is quite unclear. Truely it was session of Al Gromer Khan (sitar) with the Indian musicians Pandit Sankha Chatterjee (tabla) and Beena Chatterjee (vocals) produced by Florian Fricke. It seems that only for commercial reasons and without their approvement it was released half-officially and labeled as Popol Vuh album. It's possible that Florian later recorded his parts of harmnoium over the live session record. It's good record if you are newcomer to authentic Indian music but it has nearly nothing to do with Popol Vuh.
 Hosianna Mantra by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.21 | 253 ratings

Hosianna Mantra
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by thebig_E

4 stars 4.5 stars. The third album in Popol Vuh's discography is a sudden left turn compared to the previous two albums, Affenstunde & In Den Gärten Pharaos. For Hosianna Mantra, band leader Florian Fricke decided to ditch the synthesizers that made up their previous albums and move to more natural instruments. What made him do this is still unknown, yet it's a welcome change.

Instead of being electronic, Hosianna Mantra is more like twentieth century chamber music. It is made modern by its use of electric guitar. Conny Veit from the band Gila provides twelve-string and electric guitar, and his playing is very impressive, especially on the title track (it is because of this album that I listened to Gila's first record). Of course Florian is as great as ever, opening the album with the energetic piano piece, "Ah!". From this first track, it is obvious that the album will be taking on a classical influence. "Kyrie" introduces the soprano vocalist, Djong Yun, who has an ethereal voice. She unfortunately only sang on a few albums with Popol Vuh and only one single release of her own. After that, very little is known about her. It's a shame because she is immensely talented.

Next is the title track, a 10-minute journey. Here is where Mr. Veit's guitar shines, with accompanying vocals, piano, and oboe. The song ends similarly to how it begins, with a solo played on cembalo. These first three tracks make up side one of the album, known as "Hosianna-Mantra." If listened to on Vinyl, you would flip over to side two, titled "Das V. Buch Mose." Here the mood is more meditative. "Abschied" starts the medley with guitar and oboe. It is a very beautiful piece that evokes morning when the sun is rising. It is as much a morning song as Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood." The next track, "Segnung" opens with a short motif that is repeated later on as "Andacht." After this intro, the track soon resembles side one, with its instrumentation. There is not much I can say about "Andacht" other than it serves as an interlude between songs.

Next is "Nicht Hoch Im Himmel", with a ghostly lead voice and piano. Here is where Djong Yun is really able to show what her voice can do. This song is less eventful in comparison, and is also quieter. By this time, the album has slowed down. I can appreciate the atmospheric quality, but I find myself not returning to it as much. The reprise of "Andacht" ends the original album, however, there is another track that I think is essential to this album. The single release of Djong Yun contained "Du Sollst Lieben" & "Ave Maria." The latter is included on the 2004 CD reissue, and is an amazing piece of music. This song brings the album to a spiritual high-point that "Andacht" just can't do.

I know I have written an essay on this album so far, but it must be done. This music is meditative without being sappy. Spiritual without being preachy. The only downside I can think of is that you kind of need to be in the right mood for something as "New Age" as this. If you're a lover of Ambient music, that shouldn't be a problem. I won't say Hosianna Mantra is essential, since it is for a niche audience. It is however, a highly recommendable recording of music for fans of Ambient, Classical, or even World music.

 Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.16 | 107 ratings

Letzte Tage - Letzte Nächte
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by ebil0505

4 stars Coming only from experiencing Hosianna Mantra, this album appealed to me a lot quicker because of it's more driven sound. Everyone and everything that talks about Popol Vuh claims that Florian Fricke is the mastermind ringleader of the band, and I'll have to take their word for it because the piano is barely noticeable. Even on the perfect "Kyrie" it soon becomes drowned out. This is not to discredit the music in any way, mind you. From one song to the next, this is without a doubt a fluidly memorable album that also works well when analyzed one song at a time. As a person who loves catchy tunes, I was supremely delighted to hear Daniel Fichelscher's guitar work deliver some instantly classic riffs. I'm not sure which singer is the female singer, but whoever she is, she does a superbly emotional job. I could honestly listen to her sing "Harem Dei, Raram Dei" all day long.

Music stands out to me more when the album ventures through different intensities, as this one does. One song will be pleasant and the next one will literally make me wanna bang my head (not too hard) and really groove with the chords and such. There is quite a lot of music to take in with this album, and after a few listens it really grows into something spectacular. I would recommend this to anyone who is searching for something to listen to while being surrounded by nature, or if you live on a farm. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is immediately turned off because the guitar isn't hard enough, or the chorus isn't catchy enough, or they can't understand the words. Hopefully no one reading this review, then.

 In Den Gärten Pharaos by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.99 | 160 ratings

In Den Gärten Pharaos
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

4 stars After introducing the world to the possibilities of the Moog synthesizer and the spaced out sonicscapes on their debut album "Affenstunde," Florian Fricke led his unique band POPOL VUH to continue that sound and put out another even more spaced out sprawling two song epic album on IN DEN GÄRTEN PHARAOS (In the gardens of Pharaoh).

What we get here is an ambient morphing sonic sprawl that defies description really. This is highly experimental and consists of only African and Turkish percussion and the Moog synthesizer organ. No guitar, no bass, no weird exotic instruments. The title track has a more energetic percussion line serving as the backbone of the music while the mood of the Moog is simply to simulate a dream state where one is riding the clouds or something. The second track simply titled "Vuh" is a more placid affair but still takes you on a tripped out ride through the ethers.

Despite this album having very little in what I would call musical structure, for some reasons it works quite well. I find that pure ambient albums can be boring more often than not, but the subtle changes that occur on this album seem to be thought out and strategically placed to maximize listening pleasure. I do declare that it works out to be an astonishing success. After this album POPOL VUH would move on to a piano based compositional style and pass the baton of spaced out electronic music to Klaus Schulze who would continue and evolve this ethereal ambiance even further.

 The Werner Herzog Soundtracks by POPOL VUH album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2011
2.00 | 1 ratings

The Werner Herzog Soundtracks
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

— First review of this album —
2 stars A fairly luxurious boxset that features Popol Vuh's music for the different Werner Herzog films that were made over the course of 25 years. Of course, the relation between the Florian Fricke dates from the 60's (they met at art school), but it wasn't untim Aguirre in 76 when the two started an official colaboration, though there were a previous experience in the late 60's. Having four of the five movies which are "featured" here, this writer can more or less judge how pertinent the music was to the movie, whether the OST are fideland relevant to what's to be heard in the actual movies (not very often the case in my experience) and how much of it is really up to Fricke/Popol. Past the lush box that opens from the bottom (hence the risk of dropping the content on the floor), a second desappointment quickly appears... The five booklets of the five individual didipak Cds are exactly the same, thus driving the price uselessly high. For that matter, the content of this booklet is included in the luxurious other booklet, which is much more complete, and talks of Popol Vuh's entire discography until Cobra Verde (their last film together), but nothing going deep.

Aguirre : Of the four Herzog/Popol films I have seen, this one is my fave, but let's face it: Spanish Conquistador speaking German in the middle of the Amazon tropical forest in the early XVIth C does not give much credibility to the film. Otherwise, I've been left with such a lasting impression from this movie that makes it useless to ever see it again. This is the only PV OST that I've ever owned historically, and I was kind of curious when buying it, because the movie was very silent and oppressively so. So I recently revisited the movie, and still haven't found most of the music on the OST. To be quite honest, when I revisited the CD of this boxset (my vinyl was long gone), I still don't know where this music comes from and I don't find it particularly apt to fit the movie itself. The opening celestial-sounding Aguirre could fit the intro and descent into the Green Inferno of the film, the short Inca flute piece could find its place as well. While the Morgengruss piece is close to what Popol was doing on their studio albums, it bears little sonic relation to the Conquistador's flight to extermination of the movie. The second Aguirre piece is starting as celestial, but slowly develops to the usual superb Popol music developped in the official albums. There is nothing oppressive about the music (quite the opposite) that would match the movie's sinister (but hypnotizing) ambiance and storyline. Even the album's artwork bears nothing resembling the movie's universe. The only piece that nears the oppressive and sinister ambiances of the movie is the 16-mins Wärtigung, that sounds more like their early works of Affenstude or In Den Garten. The bonus third Aguirre track returns to the celestial layers of the opening track.

Heart Of Glass: One of the most boring movie ever made, but t least the Euiropean setting for the German-speaking movie is not nearly disturbing as its predecessor. However, this real visual bore happens also to be an immense yawner as far as sound is concerned. Again, the flim features little music - whether part of the story or in terms of ambance setting. So the actual music featured on this "OST" seems to come from unknown heavenly origin (the movie is shot in severe or dastic protestant circles of the XVIIIth C, if memory serves), but we're not far from Fricke Fichelser's usual trippy jammy music with sitar or tambura. Nothing pertinent to the movie, and as the French would say: "du n'importe quoi" (anything goes) or even "du foutage de gueule" (face- screwing scam), IF the music wasn't the usual Popol quality.

Nosferatu : the only movie that I haven't seen in this boxset (never a fabn of dumb vampire myths anyway), so it will be difficult for me to judge , espcially that there is miore than one version of this album, the second being released under the Brüder Des Schattens album of the following year. Don't expect from me a judgment of valor on this album, since I have too little background, but the music is very Popol-esque, though sometimes very slow and calm. Again, most of it is happy and serene, a bit the contrast of the movie's sinister gloom and doom (says the booklet). I am tempted to believe that this OST is like the previous two, not faithfully repecting the movie's sonic reality. But then again, the music is so much better on these first three OST than in the movies (when there is any at all) that one may not care that the it does respect those movie's sonic characteristics or not.

Fitzcarraldo: the first Herzog film I saw at theater release time, and maybe the most accessible of the five here, but again a ggod part of the movie is spoken in German in the heart of the Amazon forest, which causses credibility issues. As for the music on the OST , it's the first time that it is true to the movie's sonics, but there is fairly little of Popol's music in there. Indeed, we're given most of the movie's operette music , even sometimes reprocing the scratchy 78 RPM record player. By this time, Popol's line-up featured three Amon Duul 2 member, including the now-old addition of Fichelscher, but also Renate Knaup and Chirs Karrer; but it's not like you'll be notocing their contributions much, because there is maybe four, max five, tracks (out of 15) that are Popol's. Fitzcaaldo's OST is of little relevance to Popol fans, but much more in Herzog's sphere. This disc is the weak link inside this boxset's about the Popol universe.

Cobra Verde: This might be the last Herzog movie I saw in the theaters, and it was a long too; and it was mega-ambitious too, if only by the huge crowds featured in the story. Not as accessible as Fitzcarraldo to the mainstream crowds, it again features German text, this time in Africa as well as Brazil. And again, the OST is not really fitting the movie's overal sonics (except for one track called Ziavi), as we're missing all of the tribal dances (which didn't bear Popol's paws anyway). Most of the music from Popol is almost new-age/ambient type, which contrasts with the sometimes very intense and violent and poignant scenes of the movie. Again, this soundtracks doesn't reflect faithfully what I remember from the movie (last sen partially five years ago on TV), but unlike Fitzcaraldo's OST, this is more of a real Popol album.

In conclusion: If you except for the outer packaging, this boxset (released in '11) is nothing new in its content. Indeed, outside the big booklet, the five digipak CDs are the one that were released in '04 to '06 on SPV, and just crammed into this dark blue package to sucker unaware fans into buying the whole thing at once. But once again, this is nothing new as it is again obvious that Popol's musical oeuvre has neen often messed with (re-worked as some would pompously say), and I am kind of totally lost (and disgruntled) by these sometimes dishonest tamperings. Better avoid if you already own the classic Popol album, there is not much new under the sun that these OST can bring to PV's musical universe.

 Das Hohelied Salomos by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.70 | 83 ratings

Das Hohelied Salomos
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by agla

4 stars The band was created thanks to one of the most important figures of Teutonic music, Florian Fricke (who died in December 2001 at the age of 57 years old). The artist is pervaded by spiritual influences, due to travel to the Far East and India, a spirituality that you find in sacred sounds but also classical and Rock. Florian Fricke studied the piano and subsequently made ​​his debut in the musical world with an album of electronic music titled "Affenstunde", but the Popol Vuh born in 1969 in Monaco and it takes three years to compose this first lp.

With the next "in Den gaerten Pharaos" the author moves away from that kind of music, to get into spiritualism human, recording the song along even in a cathedral, followed by other works of Rock religious to reach in 1975. This disc concept inspired by "Song of Solomon" and since the cover you can savor the atmosphere in India which come out in all their splendor, thanks to the siter by Al Gromer and Tabla by Shana Kumar.

This is considered one of the high points of his career Fricke, later also dedicated to the soundtracks of films and film productions.

The tracks on the CD are twelve all imbued with dreamy atmospheres and positive, sometimes attributable to Pink Floyd of "A Saucerful Of Secrets" as the initial "Steh Auf , Zieh Mich Nach Dir" Overall it is a trip of thirty-eight minutes and it's a pleasure to be carried away by the gentle acoustic notes and by the voice of Shana. Who loves Pink Floyd will be fascinated listening to "Du schönste Der Weiber" and "Du Mich Mit Tranke Deinen küssen" but it really is all about the cd that captivates.

A jewel that will delight those who see music as a means of transport, towards spiritual shores where only love reigns and peace of mind.

 In Den Gärten Pharaos by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.99 | 160 ratings

In Den Gärten Pharaos
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by Guldbamsen
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

5 stars Germany beckons

Florian Fricke is mostly known for the haunting soundtracks he provided for the legendary German film maker Werner Herzog, but what most people fail to realise is the impact he had on the early progressive electronic scene. He would of course never admit to this, but then again Florian never thought his early experimentations with the Moog lll were any good. This was also the main reason for him shapeshifting into the acoustic spiritual powerhouse he became after the release of this bewilderingly stunning album.

In den Gärten Pharaos was thus the last real electronic album of Popol Vuh, before the big Moog responsible for all the magic mayhem and alien sounds, got sold to Klaus Schulze, completely unaware of the awaiting space voyages it was to undertake. On this album you face the instrument in a warped embryonic state. Sharp and electrically chirping around the edges, Florian puts as much emphasis on the jittery quality of the Moog, as he does the beautiful yearning drones that lie waaaay in the back of the chords. Compared to say a vocalist, it would translate into a strange enigmatic form of gargling.

Entrancing, hypnotising and infinitely tribal in their expression, the African drums accompanying the title track do exactly nothing to soothe the avantguarde nature of the synths. Although starting with the most gorgeous watery sounds, it quickly turns into a huffing and puffing beast of cacophonous Moog splashes and galloping rhythms. At this point your subconsciousness has probably left the building, and you're now sweeping deliriously back and forth in a fire-storm of trance inducing music. The real part of the genius though, happens when this raucous unfiltered commotion reaches its final border, the place where music seizes to exist and turns into noise; right there and then a soulful Fender Rhodes releases the piece from all its tensions, and like a colossal mountain of relief the atmosphere elegantly loosens up and develops wings - taking the remainder of the track into unknown heights of beauty.

This is however not an easy listen. The time it takes for you to get to that monumental moment where the waters shift, and you suddenly get melody and concord, - that amount of time will have even the most seasoned music fan growing nervous and unwieldy(that is the point though). I have come to love the bulky tribal feel of it, but first after I realised what it really was: Western raga. This album basically revolves around the same principles as the Indian raga. It's that same insisting tangential force, where music develops as it goes - metamorphosing in the hands of the musicians.

The second cut Vuh is no stranger to this endearing trait, although it comes off decisively more silky. Without the atonality and bumps of the first side, the music now has the opportunity to branch out in these floating airy constellations. Flirting around with the hovering presence of a church organ, Florian guides the listener on a journey through the clouds and beyond. The infusion of a gong and the subsequent addition of dreamy cymbals and subdued tribal drumming, makes the track become otherworldly. This could very well prove to be music from the ancient civilisation of Atlantis...

A lot of different badges are associated with Popol Vuh. Devotional Krautrock, holy music and psychedelic folk are all stickers I've seen thrown at this band, yet Florian himself often used the term Shamanism music. I think I prefer his explanation...

There's no bass, no guitar, no song and, at times, no concord whatsoever. Now how on earth does this album then continue to captivate seekers of experimental music from across the globe? I think it's the trip, pure and simple. It's very seldom you find albums that are all about the trip. Often they get watered down, and re-recorded in order to be more approachable and 'normal'. In den Gärten Pharaos is anything but normal though, and I thank my lucky stars for that. Listening to this record sends me on a thrilling adventure through mind and body. It puts me in a deep trance, and summons all of my most illustrious images of life, nature and the universe - culminating in short glimpses of ecstasy, where goosebumps wash over me like a series of rough tidal waves.

 On The Way To A Little Way by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.97 | 76 ratings

On The Way To A Little Way
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Although it seems like Werner Herzog's Nosferatu's soundtrack (1979), this is not exactly true, but all in all, it really does not matter as a listening experience solely. Excerpts of the whole work were actually used for the movie and if you watched it (as I did, many years ago), it will almost be impossible not to build, in your own mind, a mixture of imaginary and the real movie vampire story.

Market wise Popol Vuh opened themselves to new audiences via art cinema in the hands of Herzog's fantasies, they already have worked with him in AGUIRRE (1975).

Ok enough with the movie talk. Dark menacing symphonic like musical structures counterpointed by Popol Vuh's multi-national bright/dark instrumentation. The compositions are sparkled with minimal drone like and highly attractive and visual passages. Its dynamic and well thought song distribution, as well, tells its own vampire story.

Another virtue this release holds is its natural approach to mid-ages european folklore but sounding atemporal the same way (which is in fact one of Popol Vuh's constant compositional lines).

To expect Krautrock (or Rock to that matter) will not happen, but that in itself is why Popol Vuh's musical language is so unique and the fact of being so obscure in its styling charges the music into a then not explored territory by this ensemble.

****4 PA stars.

 Yoga by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.75 | 30 ratings

Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This album was released without Florian's authorization, recordings being captured from casual playing with Indian musicians in the studio, and pressed to European market's with Popol Vuh name. Sometimes this kind of voyeurism to the recording processes can be interesting, though violating the autonomy of artists record releasing policies. I understood same kind of trick was done for Vangelis on "Hypothesis" recording, revealing some casual playing results outside the context of carefully considered thematic work. This forbidden peak to the Florian's studio reveals two long raga's with delightful sitar and tabla conversations and charming female vocalist's singing, Florian contributing with quite small emphasis through his keyboards. The long durations are not borne however from very long mantric performings, but are edited together from shorter sequences. The classic Indian music tapestry should fit well for casual search of Hinduism feelings or as background music for enjoying vegetarian curry dish. Would have been interesting to hear what Florian might have been able to accomplish with more dedicated project with the anonymous musicians, though this album is quite charming also with the lovely cover arts and everything. Thematically it lacks however the sharp aim found from the earlier official recordings of Popol Vuh.
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