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2 stars A good old-fashioned German psychedelia.

A German duo MAGMA (not related to the famous French Zeuhl combo lol) has appeared in mid 1970s with only one album shot and disappeared soon. This "Rock Duo Magma" is an unknown (but a tad known overthere) stuff, their only one.

Basically their motivation in this album (and also on stage I imagine) might be keyboard-based bluesy rock with amateurish voices, and obviously Detlef's keyplay weirdness, kaleidoscopic appearances should solidify their soundscape. Every tune has no complicated melody line nor particular sound vision, and reminds me of authentic psychedelic rock like 13th Floor Elevators or something. The atmosphere via their creation is really anachronistic as if I might ride a time machine to go back a decade before (and in a sense of pleasure indeed).

From the very beginning a massive departure gong and bizarre keyboard electronics squeeze some expectation into my mind. Persistent key flavour is fulminant addiction really. Needless to say, the most brilliant star is keyboard play ... yes, we cannot feel any Krautrock element if no colourfully grey-pink keyboard psychedelia. Sadly every production / composition of the tracks is not so good enough to be called as a rock gem but simultaneously well understood that they had made a remarkable effort for shooting impressive music bullets ... e.g. acid folk texture here and there, or Siegfried's solo drumming sounds a bit heartwarming even upon such a dry-fruity, theatrical keyboard stage.

Not recommended as a masterpiece in Krautrock scene but only for collectors or for Krautrock manias but at least for me, it's a pleasure to meet such an obscurity featuring authentic German psychedelic keyboard approaches.

DamoXt7942 | 2/5 |


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