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Formed by a male / female hippie pagan duet, Anima is an obscure and enthralling krauty-folkish project which emerged from the now cult 70s German kosmische underground. Craft artists and home made instruments for massive lysergic experience punctuated by pastoral-percussive ritual sequences and avant-jazz grooves. A cryptical musical identity, their legendary album Stürmischer Himmel is entirely artisanal, very singular and exuberant. It clearly deserves several listenings to be fully appreciated. The CD reissue is still available on Spalax. Front woman of Anima, Limpe Fuchs is still active, delivering occasional gigs and sound installations, always bringing to the fore an uncompromised avant-garde musical magma and weird acoustic experimentalism.

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 Stürmischer Himmel  by ANIMA-SOUND album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.86 | 2 ratings

Stürmischer Himmel
Anima-Sound Krautrock

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Another Krautrock obscurity created / released in 1971 from Germany.

ANIMA (ANIMA SOUND / ANIMA MUSICA), a German experimental / avantgarde / folk music duo founded by a sculptor Paul FUCHS (horns, voices) and his partner Limpe FUCHS (percussion, voices), had burst upon the early 70s Krautrock scene and launched two official releases. This "Stürmischer Himmel", released in 1971 as their debut work, definitely notifies us of their innovative music tribalism and experimental crossover between human beings and animals upon the soundgarden. There are five tracks, each of which can be divided in some pieces, but I guess it may be nonsense we go into details about each piece. Let me say this whole album should be one world of mixture, constructed by such an intriguing duo.

Anyway what a mystery. Always wondering why I can get quite relaxed under such an experimental / quirky sound cloud. Sounds like they should be in a mind-altering state formed either by their meditative tribal sound stream or by some hallucinogenic agents (especially the former I believe) and they sang or shouted flexibly as though they'd got animalized or got possessed by animal spirits. Suggest they should have got completely deaf whilst playing for this album (or on stage). Yes their horn section and percussion were pretty simple and straight indeed, but they might squeeze their "mind expanded fully" into their soundscape I imagine. Sometimes quiet and gentle, and sometimes enthusiastic and crazy ... the two animalized naked humans could give freedom of expression perfectly.

In conclusion, they played "rock" definitely. "Rock" can be defined as rebellion / invasion against the existing music scene. They'd completed this "rock" creation under such a hallucinogenic trip, what a fantastic matter really.


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