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KARABA

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Germany


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Founded in Munich, Germany in 2014

KARABA is a german music collective hailing from Munich which has a rather wide instrumental range available. Based on that they are offering a prolific psych/kraut/jazz/fusion mixup while featuring influences from Embryo, Missus Beastly, Pink Floyd, Amon Düül 2 and others. Their ambitious self-released debut album is dominated by two extended suites, where each of them will just fill a vinyl side.

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3.50 | 4 ratings
Karaba
2014
3.92 | 7 ratings
Schwester Mondreal
2018
3.33 | 3 ratings
Pheremon Crumble Wax
2020

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4.05 | 2 ratings
Live in Vienna
2020

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Pheremon Crumble Wax
2020

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 Live in Vienna by KARABA album cover Live, 2020
4.05 | 2 ratings

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Live in Vienna
Karaba Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars This is a superb live album from a band comprised of friends and collaborators around the widespread Embryo community. Bassist Maasl Maier for instance is also regularly touring with Marja Burchard, who already had some appearances on former KARABA studio albums. But of course she predominantly concentrates on continuing the Embryo story. In her own, quite distinguishable manner, though surely also in reminiscence to her father Christian, who unfortunately died in early 2018. Also aboard here are the other known band constants Louis Bankavs (guitar), Andreas Kainz (keyboards) and drummer Jakob Thun, all seasoned musicians.

The recordings were taken in Vienna, five selected tracks from a gig at the Aera Club. A typical live setting. The quartet delivers a lively parforce ride, totally instrumental and with appropriate jamming attitude. Solely the first song Ozmose comes adapted from a studio album. And so, I would imagine, the other four tracks are the result of improvisations, more or less. Or alternatively are representing the preliminary stage for a new studio album? Who knows? Eh, although not covered in dust for sure, this blatantly reminds me of the 'good old' wild and rampant days somehow.

The jazz rock/fusion roots are evident. And they are mixing this up with a strong dose of Canterbury and Psychedelic. The aforementioned album opener comes close to the 1970s Embryo on the stage sound, I was happy to experience often enough. Though it's unique anyhow, rather eclectic, far away from a copy-cat. The guitar and electric piano presence is obviously differing all the way through. The title of Bemmselbrühl finally forced me to launch some www search, but I'm sure this all are fantasy names. The more I'm coming back to this, the more I'm thrilled. Well, now it's good with the praise, please listen to this, at least when you're keen on the described approach. The vinyl version is available via Adansonia Records. 4.5 stars.

 Schwester Mondreal by KARABA album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.92 | 7 ratings

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Schwester Mondreal
Karaba Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars This album is reminiscent of Embryo's DNA, in some way, I especially mean the vivid jazz fusion tinged explorations like Ozmose for example. And yes, somewhat obvious, KARABA is deriving from Munich too. Furthermore, when having a look at the line up in a more detailed manner, what definitely attracts attention is the involvement of Marja Burchard on the vibraphone. Daughter of Christian, the co-founder of Embryo. He sadly passed away early 2018, though she's holding up the earlier spirit, while turning away from their prior ethno world orientation. Back to the roots so to say. With both bands, also including some staff overlaps, for example percussionist Jakob Thun and Marcel (Maasl) Maier on the bass guitar.

So what makes it different to an Embryo album, one or two may ask? While assuming that the tracks are based on diverse studio jam sessions, Marja may not hold the artistical leadership here, I would insist. The impact of the other band musicians will lead into a more psychedelic and art rock direction, even showing some avantgarde approach. So this partly is also akin to the eclecticism of the Chickencage Experience, so much the more the predecessor Polytoxicomane Philharmonie. The split song Der G.A.U. delivers a funny gimmick in between with a monotonic advice to flip the vinyl album side. Truly an awesome production. This should not be missed by the open-minded prog community.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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