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VOCOKESH arrived on the scene in 1989/90 when Wisconsin/US situated Richard Franecki (guitar, bass, electronics) decided to leave his main project F/i along with Jan Schober (drums) and Steve Zimmerman (electronics). This obviously evolved in a friendly manner and both related bands decided to produce 'Merge Parlour' as a split album in 1992. VOCOKESH's debut though was 'Ispepnaibara' in 1990 additionally featuring Lars Kwam on saxophone.

Similiar to F/i, but more guitar and less electronics dominated, the band covers a variety of styles. The sound can be treated as an avantgarde blend of psychedelic and space. This is often based on blues themes and spiked with kraut rock portions here and there. Their debut was followed by an EP one year later named 'Still Standing In The Same Garden' where John Helwig (bass, guitar) joined as a new member now for a long lasting collaboration. Revitalized under the moniker THE VOCOKESH they produced several albums during the next years - 1995 'Smile and Point at the Mountain' provided with several 'untitled' song titles, followed by the more ethnic 'Paradise Revisited' in 1998.

'The Tenth Corner', another significant album combining spacey jams with weird experimental parts, is the startup in 2004 for a period where the band is much more present although Richard Franecki collaborated with F/i since 2003 again. Supported by the Strange Attractors label THE VOCOKESH released 'Through The Smoke' (2005) and 'This And Hieronymus Bosch' (2007). And 'Looking For My Head' from 2012 marks the current album offered by the german Pure Pop For Now People label. This album contains the final recordings together with John Helwig who sadly passed away in April 2011. One song features new member Tom Schnier on bass.

related bands: F/i

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5.00 | 1 ratings
5.00 | 1 ratings
Smile And Point At The Mount
4.50 | 2 ratings
Paradise Revisited
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Tenth Corner
4.00 | 3 ratings
Through The Smoke
5.00 | 1 ratings
Upon Further Examination
5.00 | 1 ratings
3.92 | 6 ratings
... All This And Hieronymus Bosch
4.50 | 2 ratings
Electric Indian Blues
4.00 | 3 ratings
Dr. Hofmann's Bicycle Ride
2.67 | 3 ratings
Seeing It From The Other Side
0.00 | 0 ratings
Looking For My Head
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Alchemist's Tale

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Still Standing In The Same Garden


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2.00 | 1 ratings

Still Standing In The Same Garden
The Vocokesh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

— First review of this album —
2 stars This 12'' VOCOKESH production contains one track devided in two parts which shows them jamming - garage psych coupled with weird contributions. A very raw cut following the debut 'Ispepnaibra' and initiating the collaboration with the Drag City label by all means. This EP also marks the arrival of John Helwig (guitar, bass) joining the band for a long ride together with Richard Franecki until today.

Straightforward psych 'n punk is opening the first part with acid guitars. A wild, nearly uncontrolled start detached by mysterious vocal samples and distorted guitar snippets. The second part of Still Standing In The Garden is more accessible in a typical space rock manner - echoed guitars and some synths are bustling and meandering until they finally return back to where they started - heavy psych rock.

This is a release which at least attracts attention because the guitar work is worth a great deal. But as for a summary I would say not more than a collectors item compared to the other VOCOKESH output.

 ... All This And Hieronymus Bosch by VOCOKESH, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.92 | 6 ratings

... All This And Hieronymus Bosch
The Vocokesh Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars THE VOCOKESH exists for nearly twenty years now initiated by guitarist Richard Franecki who left the band F/i to constitute his own one. John Helwig joined later and they are building up the band's core until today also making out the main trademark - the masterful psychedelic/spacey guitar work offered with a well used feedback, echo and delay technique. They are just playing what they want to play - not really peering hard at a commercial success. Every album differs but the main approach is to appear with an avantgarde point of view I assume. Three song titles are referring to someone who is named 'Eddie' by the way. But only the band knows the background (if existing anyway ...)

They don't abandon their tradition to act instrumental - and experimental, sometimes even sounding slightly dissonant to my ears. The noticable difference to the former albums is the fact that '... All This And Hieronymus Bosch' lacks of longer jams which are crossing the ten minute mark. And electronics are taking a back seat. The songs are rather compact this time and some are provided with an acid/garage rock attitude a little bit. For example Once More Near The Beginning shows a straight rocking behaviour - but this is additionally decorated with an excellent spacey echoing guitar - great song and my highlight! The Truth Regarding Sunspots is so weird on the other hand. The instruments are played like they are acting on their own only, collateral but not in chime - this keeps at least for the first impressions - crazy! Even the bass is soloing a lot here and this is backed by some synthy patterns.

You will also detect some Asian-tinged moments provided when Franecki is taking over the sitar - like on Gazing At The Dust which is mystically meandering accompanied by a special feedback guitar style. Blue Light Dharma Shuffle is contrasting a spacey trippy flow with a bluesy edge caused by the rhythm and the use of the harmonica. Eddie's Freakout will stir every space rock fan's blood I'm quite sure - once again in a trippy mood with sitar contributions. Standing In The Ruins is a typical jam then with fantastic freaky dual guitar work - wow!

Only the the title song is knocking at the 10 minute mark. A special groove takes you on a ride with harmonica, some electronics and quirky guitars swirling all around - a strange experimental tune which is hard to digest. '... All This And Hieronymus Bosch' is expressing an excellent musicianship. THE VOCOKESH have worked out a convincing diversified album which was released by the 'Strange Attractors' label. Recommended - a delicacy for open-minded psych/space fans.

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