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WULF ZENDIK

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Wulf Zendik was first known as an american novelist, philosopher and underground icon of the beat generation (next to Ginsberg, Watts...). He written a few books that are spiritual walks through the concepts of fear, need, freedom and desire. Zendik started his career in musical industry during the 60's. He first invented an instrument which could accompany his voice; 8-stringed instrument which is a cross between a sitar and guitar. We can listen to the bizarre and deeply serene sound of this self made acoustic instrument in the lonely and beautifully introspective "Wulfsong". Along his career he fully expressed his own conception of music under several projects: The Zendik communal group during the late 60's / the Zendik Communal Orgastra in the 80's. He recorded several albums under his name ("Dance of the cosmic warriors" in 1987...). The music is orientated to Eastern like raga improvs dominated by buzzing strings, curiously theatrical / emotional vocals and rockin' psychedelic weirdeness. A forgotten legend.

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4.68 | 6 ratings
Zendik - The Album
1972
4.30 | 7 ratings
Danze Of The Cozmic Warriorz
1987
3.00 | 2 ratings
Wulfsong vol 1
2004

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 Wulfsong vol 1 by ZENDIK, WULF album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Wulfsong vol 1
Wulf Zendik Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by Guldbamsen
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3 stars Seedlings

Obscure beat poet and tree hugger Wulf Zendik aka Larry Wulfing was this Texan guru trying to live off the fat of the land in a self realised community, which promoted environmental health and sound ways to go about it.

Whereas his earlier records are stacked neatly in my Krautrock collection, this one entitled Wulfsong is somewhat of a curiosity that leaves all the sawing grungy guitars and electronic trickery behind for an altogether more personal affair.

Wulf died in 1999, which makes this album a posthumous release. He'd played and recorded music all through his life, much of the times it was merely him sitting in front of a single mic with his trusty self-made 8 string guitar/sitar. I guess these recordings of his mostly acted as blueprints to future orgiastic freak outs with his fellow compatriots, yet some of them were kept intact and stored away somewhere. Wulfsong are basically leftovers from a period of 25 years. As such you could say that it remains his most personal output, as nobody else but himself is featured on here.

With these words in mind this collection of songs suddenly take on new life. With Wulf dishing out his heart in the most heartfelt and soothing manner, Wulfsong distances itself from the wilderness of past psychedelic excursions. Even his vocals seemed to have changed, and remember some of these songs were indeed caught on tape whilst his singing style contained in the "band" was out there and screeching, almost demonic in some aspects. On here you are met by a gentle soul. His voice flies on by you like a beautiful velvety bird. Not entirely unlike Tim Buckley's quivering delivery, dear ol Larry puts his own spin on it and sounds altogether more raspy and worldly-wise.

All through this album I feel like I've tapped into the globe's most obscure radio station that proceeds to air broadcasts from a barren cave located in the dry red soil of Texas. Out of the speakers I hear this hermit and his beguiling voice tell tales of the love, sorrow, dreams and hopes of men.

Wulfsong remains a laid-back folky affair with low key string strummings, endearing vocals and lyrical tapestries. You won't find much in the way of prog rock on here, but what you do find in it's place, are a series of intimate sonic moments, where you get to hear the single most intimate utters from a beatnik guru who spent his whole life searching for the esoteric and earthy, all at the same time. On here he may have found the earthy part of the equation. There's a fragility about him that exudes honesty, zero bs and a love for the simple things in life. Like watching plant life shoot through mud and darkness.

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 Danze Of The Cozmic Warriorz by ZENDIK, WULF album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.30 | 7 ratings

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Danze Of The Cozmic Warriorz
Wulf Zendik Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by DamoXt7942
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5 stars Another spacey sound guru comes to my ears ... Wulf ZENDIK / ZENDIK FARM ORGAZTRA can be called as a historical and "hysterical" obscurity in Krautrock / Space Rock scene.

In the first eccentric persistence "Yang / Yin" heavy dizziness was created synthesizers, guitar fuzzes, down-tempo bass sounds and systematic drumming freakout. Wulf's drunken voices can drive the instrumental shots more crazier. Not really deep but stoner, hypnotic, and spacey passion here and there. There is an extreme guitar fuzz terrorism too. A great opening action. "Farm Jam", that at first reminded me a funky,garagey, bloody tough like Zippo Zetterlink, is a unpolished tribalism finished by kinky synthesizer-based sound violence, wacky guitar shouts, and percussion ethnicity. Some keen noises in the middle part sound like infernal worm voices.

Another bluesy psychedelic flower garden is the following track "The Kiss". Old-fashioned, loose, drone and jammy smell can be felt like hippie movement in our younger days. Something nostalgic we can feel, can't we? Contrary to that, "Madman" the maddest, the heaviest, the craziest one, may cut our brain in pieces with its sharp-edged painful sound attacks like a ripper. Wulf's shout is a killer too.

The masterpiece for us (surely!) is the titled track. Simple but suprahypnotic, surrealistic, spacey phrases spiced with dazzling guitar and stoic, stable synthesizer basis should be appropriate for us to fall into infinity of his magnificent Krautrock world. Shoegaze, inorganic footsteps get us intoxicated deeply. Amazing mind altering agent really. "Let's Get Stoned" is not so stoner but sticky groovy sound train go through over our head. All instruments play percussively, whilst explosive voices reverberate like magical spelling or words of curse. The last "Inzanity" is the shortest but its aggression along with insane loudness and activity based upon stoned groove should drive us definitely manic. Obviously we get addicted into his inzanity finally.

Let me say this album "Danze Of The Cozmic Warriorz" is an obscure masterpiece of Kraut / Space / Indo-Raga scene. If you love Kraut obscurities, please check it out, and I'm sure you get immersed in his narcotic world.

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 Danze Of The Cozmic Warriorz by ZENDIK, WULF album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.30 | 7 ratings

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Danze Of The Cozmic Warriorz
Wulf Zendik Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by dr.oblivion

4 stars I accidentally found this CD a few years ago and I loved it at first listen ( interesting, at first listen I locate the album in the late 60's or early 70's, so I was very surprised with the fact that the album came out in the late eighties). The music is trance-like and quite dark. There's Eastern influence, but the album is full of kosmische-Krautrock and psychedelic elements, with an interesting quirky vocals (several tracks are instrumentals). There are some similarities with CAN's tago mago or even PINK FLOYD's ummugumma album, and Inzanity could be part of Amon duul work. But this is only a guide to those unfamiliar with Wulf Zendik music, because he is an original and versatile artist. This is a very strong and balanced music (no weak moments), recommended for fans of progressive and exotic music. Fully deserved four stars!!

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 Danze Of The Cozmic Warriorz by ZENDIK, WULF album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.30 | 7 ratings

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Danze Of The Cozmic Warriorz
Wulf Zendik Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Content Development & Krautrock Team

4 stars First published in 1986, Dance of the Cozmic Warriorz is a remarkable collection of Zendik's unique musical pieces. The spiritual-mystical obsessions we can perceive in Zendik personal writtings are perfectly illustrated in these elaborate-spacey ritualised rockin songs. All compositions deliver highly groovy, sensual and tripped out excursions through buzzing sounds, theatrical incantations, fuzzy acid guitars and tribal pulses. Yin-Yang opens the album with a powerfully haunted ritualistic journey of sounds, featuring insistant rythms, fuzzed out guitars and Zendik's emotional-tormented-otherwordly vocals. Farm Jam is a propulsive freaked out psych improvisation including wha wha guitars, maniacal drum assault and kosmische synthesized epic strings. The Kiss is a jazzy-bluesy ballad including dancing sexadelic grooves. Madman is a damaged-sulfurous garagey song. Dance of the Cozmic Warriorz is a narcotic-druggy meditative instrumental. To conclude this album is constantly profound, expressive and challenging. it remains a metaphoric vehicule to reach superior states of consciousness, to acces to a sense of continuity and transcendance.

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 Zendik - The Album by ZENDIK, WULF album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.68 | 6 ratings

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Zendik - The Album
Wulf Zendik Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Content Development & Krautrock Team

5 stars Poet and philosophical thinker of North American counter culture, Wul Zendik was also an active musician and a great performer. His music is constantly animated by exotic, natural and magic perspectives. Stylistically it provides a curious medley between dense buzzing drone ragas, fuzzed out psych rock and avant-garde theatrical lyrics. Zendik album is the product of long fruitful years in underground music business. Zendik's musical signature is rather unique, constantly lascivious, sensual and magically erotic. Strontium Rain opens the album with an occult-ritual acid rockin excursion, featuring raw fuzzed guitars, odd stoned vocals and obsessional bass rythms. Purely lysergic and hallucinatory. Purple Blaze is an eccentric-subversive-agressive spaced out piece, including screaming guitars and Zendik's typical voice incantations. When she strays is a powerful-trancey shamanic ballad for buzzing sitar and toxic vocals. Jewels and Things is an acoustic-sacred primal music trip for long sonorous strings and plaintive vocals. Zendik clearly conceives music as a transporter for a superior ravishement. Supreme- fascinating stuff. An outstanding collection of songs related to Zendik's own and distinguishable musical world: in search of the invisible and to the communication between heaven and earth, between man and the divine.

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