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Witthuser and Westrupp


Prog Folk

3.80 | 36 ratings

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4 stars One can be forgiven for expecting something slightly meatier after first glancing at the cover of this highly- regarded krautrock record, yet instead of densely-cosmic rock what you have is a mainly acoustic blend of acid-folk and psychedelia. Formed in Munich during 1968, the duo of Bernd Witthuser and Walter Westrupp both had backgrounds in the burgeoning folk scene, though Westrupp had also featured in a couple of early skiffle groups. With the flowering of psychedelia during the late-sixties, the duo's sound began to take on more expansive elements, adding Eastern melodies and occasional cosmic effects to their progressively esoteric psych-folk style. Their second album overall, and also the second to be issued in 1971, 'Trips Und Traume' remains the pair's defining musical statement, a hazy, lazy, trippy concoction of sitar-like acoustic guitars, slow rhythmic pulses and occasonal sojourns into more psychedelic territory. Now more-or-less considered an established member of the top 100 krautrock records club, this ethereal album is yet another example of the febrile creativity the existed throughout the German music scene of the early-seventies, matching the likes of 'Tarot' by Walter Wegmuller and Yatha Sidhra's 'A Meditation Mass' for pure, ethnic-tinged underground ambience(funnily enough Westrupp actually featured on 'Tarot', whilst also playing on Sergius Golowin's equaly-trippy 'Lord Krishna Von Goloka'). If it's seriously cosmic krautrock you're after - only for a softer, more acoustic hue - then look no further than 'Trips Und Traume'. Imagine Fairport Convention on acid and you kind of get the idea.... STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2014
stefro | 4/5 |


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