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POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Germany


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POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE were founded in the late eighties but havn't been stable for a long time because the line-up always changed. Now at the beginning of the new millenium the band must have found its final constitution for a longer time.

They have a mysterious eccentric aura and the members are only known by aliases. 'Howling Mad Fishli', 'Commander I.M. Crab' and 'Wum' are responsible for vocals and guitar. We also have 'Matelaut Au Vin' (wind instruments), 'The Emir Of Quaver' (drums) and 'Onkel' (bass, keys).

Informations are really rare about POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE. They are coming from the Frankfurt region in Germany and have released three albums and one 7'' named 'Pot Rats', a homage to Frank Zappa with two songs recorded at the german Zappanale in 2007. And this points out one of the main influences of the band which is also to realize with their other albums.

'Psycho Erectus' was released in 2003 and for a debut this one is very matured. It unites several styles like psychedelic or jazz rock with spaced-out soundscapes, funky rhythms and Zappa reminiscences. The follower 'Drosophilia Road' from 2007 is basically in the same vein contributed with the crazy story of a fly named Ned Busckii which wakes up one morning and decides to have some changes in his life! Both albums are provided with manuals on their website which are full of metaphors and somewhat confusing instead of answering your questions.

In order to enter new spaceships Commander I.M. Crab left the crew some time later. Reduced to a quintet now, they released a new double LP at the end of 2009 called 'Go Ape'. POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE's unique musical style and enigmatic corporate identity is definitely worth it to be checked out.

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4.85 | 8 ratings
Psycho Erectus
2003
4.26 | 5 ratings
Drosophila Road
2007
3.90 | 2 ratings
Go Ape
2009

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Pot Rats
2007

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 Drosophila Road by POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.26 | 5 ratings

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Drosophila Road
Polytoxicomane Philharmonie Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Utnapishtim

5 stars In the 70s the free spirit of renewed people was so common, nothing special because the change belonged to all, and so making music meant to insert psychedelic aspects. The experimentation in music gives to us Giants like PINK FLOYD, GONG, HAWKWIND, ELOY, and other little gems, without talking about all Krautrock Sub-genre!

This "miraculous" band appear with another wonderful album, after their debut "Psycho Erectus", that represent an example of modern psychedelia, filled with surreal atmospheres. But now we're talking about their second album. "Drosophila Road". This one looks like a Concept Album, which tells the amazing story of a man, Ned Busckii, that one day becomes a fly.

For the curious the surname of Ned (Buskii) is a variety of a fruit fly (Drosophila busckii). A little curiosity that highlights how brainy they are.

The album floats through a sky of wah-wah, gliding downhill towards voices, noises of everyday life, tribal rhythms and psychotic improvisations. It starts with a ZZZZZZZZZ-zzzzz- ZZZZZZ- of a fly leaving to go somewhere. On the background the roar of a power car introduces the voice of "Commander I.M. Crab", a strange voice that makes more adventurous this journey. To enhance vocals thinks "Howling Mad Fishli", sometimes she let me think to Janis Joplin. It's maybe suggestion? The opening track play as a extravagant rock, with sax of Matelot Au Vin. This is the shortest track. They remember me first GONG- era of Gnome trilogy, (also for their pseudonyms) with some interesting elements, (like phone's ring), which at the end of the track with a mix of voices make the album surreal.

The other tracks, all as a small suites, are structured well (masterfully), with some improvisations, which relate very well with the original album sound line. It's the case of "Mini Rock". Impossible not to follow its rhythm diving into this vortex. "Late Train To Casket Country" starts with tribal rhythms, that keep glued your ears to the stereo!

The apoteosi is "Sotto Voce" with the title written in Italian, (quitely/ in a low voice). It is finely constructed an has psychedelic passages very delicious. One of them is after the psychedelic atmosphere part (one of the best I've ever heard) when on a background of a hypnotic keyboards and a "silent guitar", time is punctuated by a "warm rhythm". Other sound that my mind will never delete, is when the voice of "Howling Mad Fishli" says THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN with that short bass line unforgettable.

Accompanied by an engaging sax starts the last song "The Mirrorman", probably the most memorable for its musical line more constant and uniform.

Compared with their first album this appear more easy to understand, however with a unique creative power, more concrete and with more experience. A modern Hippy caravan intelligent, cultured and creative with a psychedelic genius. Personally what I was looking for.

5 Stars - Psychedelized!

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 Psycho Erectus by POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.85 | 8 ratings

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Psycho Erectus
Polytoxicomane Philharmonie Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars Well as Uwe has already mentioned this is a band with a unique and mysterious style. The music is trippy, spacey, hypnotic, atmospheric and we get male and female vocals along with sax being added to the usual instruments. I never heard of this German band before and the album's title is priceless. This is a long one but in this case I don't mind at all.

"Entry" is the short intro track that's full of atmosphere. "Flight 858" kicks in with a beat right away as bass joins in and more. A calm before 1 1/2 minutes with atmosphere then that beat kicks back in. It turns haunting 2 1/2 minutes in as we get another calm then a minute later it kicks back in with that beat, sax and more. An atmospheric calm after 6 minutes but it's brief. Then we get an electronic vibe late to end it. "Poisonous Moth" kicks into a full sound early with vocals. Some brief spoken words before 1 1/2 minutes then the vocals are back but they're brief as well. So much atmosphere follows this then more spoken words 4 minutes in as the trippy beat and sound continues. "Pink Noise" opens with a dark and powerful atmosphere until after 3 minutes when it turns electronic to end it. "Sulphur" features vocals and a rich sound. Spoken words too. Cool sound. It kicks in at 2 minutes with dark guitar sound that proceeds to lay the soundscape waste. Nasty ! That changes before 5 minutes but it's still heavy and dark. Sax before 6 minutes. A dark atmosphere like the intro ends it.

"Too Sad, Lady Mushroom" is an uplifting piece with guitar and sax. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes. Catchy stuff as themes are repeated. "Lokus Pokus" opens with guitar, a beat and running water. It picks up as the guitar echoes. Great sound ! Sax 3 1/2 minutes in. "Chanson Verte" has this beat with vocals and atmosphere. Backing vocals join in. Again a great sound here. Sax 3 1/2 minutes in as the vocals have stopped. Psychedelic guitar 6 minutes. This is so trippy 7 1/2 minutes in. Love it ! Relaxed sax comes in. "Kronos, Vomitting A Child" is dark, atmospheric and spacey. "Fuddle Pie & Puddle Tie" has a beat with vocal melodies. Some raw guitar 2 minutes in. "Lizard-Song" opens with drums then dual vocals and a dreamy sound take over. Sax too. It picks up after 2 minutes. Spoken words then a new sound 3 1/2 minutes in as we get a beat with guitar. We're grooving now. Vocals 8 minutes in.

A huge thankyou to David once again. And for all you space cadets out there please hunt this one down.

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 Go Ape by POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.90 | 2 ratings

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Go Ape
Polytoxicomane Philharmonie Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Okay, here we go - the POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE are back from an extended and impressive tour (around 2 years) drifting through a mysterious parallel universe. Sometime in between they eventually must have arrived on the Planet Of Apes ... with the result of rather vivid memories. It is said later the decision came up to recall a 'smooth selection of Short Stories' and to name this epic 'Go Ape'. Berlin based Nasoni Records have released this experiences on double CD resp. vinyl. For some reasons a new challenge, believe me - even if you already call yourself an open-minded music aficionado.

You are not familiar with this ensemble? I have doubts that I will ever come across a crew which bears more artistical weight and craziness at once. For example they use fantasy identifiers - hence the members' real names are probably the biggest mystery in the world. Well, I know, not the most spectacular thing really nowadays ... so let us continue with the packaging. When reaching for the CD version you will get something like a comic book featuring intriguing illustrations. This seems to be a progression compared to the forerunner album, which is dealing with the story of fly Ned Busckii.

Alex Kraus truly has provided some eyecatcher for this project. And once again Ahula Tinga (Natali Haug) is involved with a revealing story entitled 'Life Is But A Dream'. New protagonist is a grim gorilla, at one time sitting in a bar when surprisingly meeting Ned Busckii whilst drinking a banana cocktail ... enough now to convince you of the band's special attitude? Somewhere inbetween they promise 'Easy Listening for like-minded people' ... hmmh, I suppose they are kidding, but do we really know that? Never mind ... in the light of this let us go over to the music now, which is the most important issue of course.

Each disc contains four tracks - freakout krautjazz is the stylistical synopsis provided by the label. CD 1 confirms this as no other. Untamable - with the opening Dervish they immediately hurry up supported by heavy saxophone input, but also turn to weird spacey moments ... an unpredictable behaviour. No way to describe this - even if you sit down and keep a record. Jumping up to the Catwalk For Little Monsters they even enter heavy aggressive fields.

'What do Gorillas like to do most?' - the psych groover Fine Animal Gorilla tries to give a convincing answer - that's what you probably expect? Now they apparently have reached the Planet Of Apes. This is a fine, more catchy song which always forces me to sing along ... 'what makes you happy? what makes you angry?' ... but I have problems to get the literal sense though. Here we have wonderful polyphonic vocals with Zappa reminiscences plus excited guitars all around. And the song closes with ... surely authentic ... djungle impressions recorded during their Gorilla expeditions of course.

CD 2 starts with the hallucinatory trip Open Letter To Albert H. - far away from any rocking attitude, featuring soaring space guitars, loops, irritating samples and last but not least falsetto vocals, provided by The Emir Of Quaver I assume. 'Have a safe journey' is the band's helpful statement here unsurprisingly. The closing Dryad Girl can be treated as the album's ultimate space jam furthermore - suitable for recovering probably ... who knows who will need this finally? As for that another more accessible track with vocals by Howling Mad Fishli. Wow - that's it! This one bears great dynamic and a monster groove in parts, guitars, keys and saxophone are swirling around each other in active competition, very playful.

'Go ape' needs time to grow. With every new round I notice my impression to be confirmed - it's just more hazardous. Definetely a fascinating one. As usual you will find catchy grooves and melodies in between but they've widened their scope a tad more towards avant prog once again with several unwieldy moments and vocal acrobatics. Hard to digest for listeners with a more common taste - once my wife begged me for listening to music :-) More freakout and avantgarde tinged than ever, based on a conglomerat of impressions and surprises which certainly can appeal to Zappa lovers as well as to fans of sophisticated krautrock. All in all an adventure for your eyes and ears. I recommend to get in touch with this Philharmonie ...

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 Drosophila Road by POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.26 | 5 ratings

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Drosophila Road
Polytoxicomane Philharmonie Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Ned Busckii believes in things like rebirth ...

POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE appear with a new exciting output in 2007. 'Drosophila' is a genus of flies and this one can be called a concept album de facto handling the adventurous story of fly Ned Busckii who wakes up one morning with the feeling that a change is definetely needed in his life. The story is given in english, provided by talented german artist Natali Haug (Ahula Tinga) and can be checked out included in the ellaborated CD package as well as on the homepage.

They are following the crazy concept once initiated with the masterpiece debut 'Psycho Erectus' in 2003. Of course some references to other acts are coming into my mind listening to the album but the band members are able to conglomerate an amazing mix of styles and influences once more, unique and really hard to describe.

Of course the recordings are starting with Busckii's lift-off but then the band hurries up to follow him with the complex Opinion provided with Zappa leanings, some samples and tempo breaks. Mini-Rock is my personal highlight - here the band creates a tremendous groove only interrupted by some weird interludes. Additionally we have wonderful female vocals remembering me of King Cobb Steelie, jazzy brass contributions and spaced-out guitars - wow - I like that! Listening to Late Train To Casket County you would consider them to be under the influence of some mind-blowing substances during the recordings furthermore. The song has a longer opening section with didgeridoo and native indian singing later followed by whispering male/female vocals with a jamming band as the background and last but not least a weird finale with spacey guitars and samples.

The long track Sotto Voce has a nice relaxed floating start supported by a cool 'sexy' saxophone. But - who is familiar with the band knows - the only constant is variation. After some time the bands plungs deep in psychedelic twin guitar jamming 'til the ultimate downfall comes with weird ambient soundscapes/samples in the second half of the song. The Mirrorman finally is an amalgamation of heavier guitar riff spiked rock n' roll and fluffy easy going elements and therefore has a special avantgarde touch.

'Drosophila Road' is a recommended album, also appealing to Zappa fans as well as krautrock lovers, more angular than the forerunner as for my impression. I prevent to mention a special member because they are acting flawlessly. POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE are worth it to be checked out - you should play this loud!

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 Drosophila Road by POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.26 | 5 ratings

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Drosophila Road
Polytoxicomane Philharmonie Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by fusionfreak

4 stars This is utterly dangerous!!!!!Moreover everything is good from beginning to the end in this heavily stoned jam session never out of focus.It's a very jazzy stuff here reminding us of Frank Zappa(I know it's a cliché),Gong or King Crimson.Late Train to Casket County is the highlight,vocals are really awesome and this stuff is never out of strength( this strength from Germany and its famous experimental bands:I think Dzyan has been invited too). Sotto voce is also a killer with space rock tones.Another good point would be the nice digipack.Highly recommended!!!!

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 Psycho Erectus by POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE album cover Studio Album, 2003
4.85 | 8 ratings

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Psycho Erectus
Polytoxicomane Philharmonie Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

5 stars It already begun with Flight 858 ...

This is one of my favourite albums of the last weeks. I have listened to it for more than twenty times now within a relatively short period but it's still fascinating to me. POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE are a wondrous project as the band name implies. The main influence is psychedelic/space for sure. But it would be too easy to keep it in that way. You can also hear that Frank Zappa is held in high esteem by some members and they are operating with uneven beats which are often unusual for jamming psych bands. Funky trippy hypnotic rhythms and a lot of saxophone attendance are referring to kraut and jazz rock. Ambient/spaced-out soundscapes are rounding up the debut of a band which has an eccentric identity. So for a first summary there is a unique style to notice which they create.

The short ambient opener Entry is announced as an improvisation fragment on their website where the band offers a special (german) album manual for the listeners. And that's significant for their concept - the manual, full of metaphors, leaves you behind with much more questions as you had before. Never mind - the instrumental track Flight 858 takes you on a 75 minute musical trip further on which you will not forget so fast! The instruments, first the drums, followed by e-piano, are coming in by and by providing the mellow dreamy main theme which wraps you up. But breaks and spacey soundscapes are also interspersed and this makes the song very entertaining and prevents you from getting phlegmatic.

I discovered the following Poisonous Moth on a sampler and this attracted my attention and brought me closer to the band. Basically a neo krautrock tune par excellence dominated by a hypnotic groove with nice female vocals and mysterious spoken words contributions. Bubbling synths and sensitive guitars are always swirling around here - fantastic! Pink Noise is heavy hallucinogenic pointed out as reminiscence to Tangerine Dream by the band and the complex Sulphur afterwards shines with an impulsive guitar solo, alienated female and male vocals and jazzy doubled saxophone.

The laid back Too Sad, Lady Mushroom with a rainy background and some weird inclusions is somewhat zappaesque and Lokus Pokus surprises with oriental respectively eastern polka moments. Heavy saxophone additions are imitating a brass orchestra and in the end the song is developing into a jazz rock finale. All in all POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE offer a great variety and safety. Chanson Verte features a nice groove, excellent psychedelic guitars and a jazzy part in the middle whereas with Kronos, Vomitting A Child another change to spaced-out soundscapes occurs. The instrumental Fuddle Pie and Muddle Fie gets up in a happy mood with an excellent flow and Lizard - Song finally developes to a groovy jam which absolutely confirms their psychedelic/space home for sure.

'Psycho Erectus' is a completely rounded one which should be enjoyed from the first to the last minute without any break - hard to overtop. This album gets the highest rating from me. Please check it out.

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