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DIE KNÖDEL are an Austrian acoustic avant-garde folk "blasmusik" octet, led and formed by Innsbruck-born bassoonist Christoph Dienz.

Their music is a modern and somewhat avant-garde take on traditional Austrian folk and polkas, yet are full of wonderful innovation and even have a punk aesthetic at times, as well. Christoph Dienz is joined by his wife Alexandra Dienz (née Pedarnig) (bass, hammered dulcimer), Julia Fiegl (violin, hölzernes glatcher, vocals), Margreth Köll (harp), Cathi Aglibut (viola, vocals), Walter Seebacher (clarinet, bass clarinet, hammered dulcimer), Michael Öttl (guitar, vocals) and Andreas Lackner (trumpet, flugelhorn, bass and vocals).

Christoph Dienz is the main composer for the band and a clever one, at times, hence the large following the band have received in their homeland. Not all tracks are instrumental either, in fact, a fair share of them not only include vocals (many in English) but some are also solo vocal tracks (with the female vocalists leading proceedings) of traditional nature, dispensing of instruments all together. Some tracks, such as "Junglesong" (on Die Noodle!), for example, make full use of instrumentation, with - in this particular case - the instruments imitating animals, such as elephants and chimpanzees.

Their debut album "Verkochte Tiroler" was released on the Swiss label RecRec (home to many avant-garde bands and artists) in 1992. It was later re-released on the Koch label in 1995, for the North American market as "Overcooked Tyroleans" but the music was unaltered. It was after this debut album that they started to gather a following of fans. They were freshening up the popular Austrian traditional pub and dance music (which had become somewhat commercialised) sound and so ended up touring throughout their homeland throughout the 1990s.

Their follow-up album was "Die Noodle!" (RecRec 1993/Koch International 1996), which continues on in the same vein as their previous album but with even more innovative pieces, some of which are a little more melancholic (e.g. "Chinese Lanterns" and "Once Upon a Time in Strawberryland").

In 1995, they released two further albums. One of which "Panorama" (RecRec 1995/RecDec 1996) was an album of other artists compositions and was slightly less innovative, yet just as fulfilling. The music here is more cinematic and reminiscent of 1930s dance music.

The other album was "Non Lo So, Polo", in collaboration with multi-instrument...
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3.80 | 5 ratings
Verkochte Tiroler / Overcooked Tyroleans
4.00 | 2 ratings
Die Noodle!
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Non Lo So, Polo

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 Die Noodle! by KNÖDEL, DIE album cover Studio Album, 1993
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Die Noodle!
Die Knödel RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sinusoid
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4 stars Die Knödel is an Austrian ensemble that can best be described as ''chamber-folk''. There are no electric instruments anywhere on the album nor are there drums/percussion of any kind. Before you go thinking that this is an ordinary folk band, the opening track ''Die Wurst'' throws a huge curveball with its tradeoff leads and a near RIO compositional process. Add that with the loads of dulcimer thrown in and you have yourself one unique experience.

Even though this is more folk than rock, Die Knödel can carry the energy that rock bands can have yet have those softer passages that are more folky. The only stuffy pieces I found were ''Chinese Lanterns'' and ''Seifenblasen Im Mondschein'', yet I'm certain the prog fans with a folk yearning will enjoy them. Another delicate feature about DIE, NOODLE is the vocal spots; they are few (only ''Chinese Lanterns'', ''Notiknotok'' and ''Dschungellied'' have any singing) and non-forceful, yet pleasing.

Some of the pieces are rather wild and scorching despite the absence of electricity. ''Big Rape'', ''Fast Food in A'' and the opener are rather crazy. Others like ''Es War Einmal Im Erdbeerland'' and ''Eine Kleine Zugabe'' have a slight prog tinge to them that makes them enjoyable. Sometimes, the instrumental interplay can be stunning like the violin leads and trumpet blares on the aforementioned ''Fast Food in A''. The underscoring bass and dulcimer lines are simply stunning.

DIE, NOODLE lacks the big IT factor that could send it to a masterpiece rating, but it's a fine album as is. There are plenty of pieces and structures that would make the folk fans happy, but the songs possess an ''off'' kind of sound that those in RIO fan clubs would enjoy. The diverse instrumentation and lack of conventional approaches make this album a nice fit to a prog collection in a ''dark horse'' sort of way.

Thanks to james for the artist addition.

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