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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars KROKIDIL were one of the few bands outside of Germany who played what could be called Krautrock. These guys are from Switzerland and this album is widly considered to be their best. In the liner notes they tell us how absolutely excited they were to record this record in Dieter Dierks studio, because he had state of the art equipment including a mellotron which they made good use of on 3 of the 6 tracks. Of course Dieter recorded and mixed this album for them. The music here is very psychedelic at times with lots of flute and harmonica. Some aggressive guitar moments, but the folky passages are more prominant. Man these guys are pretty freaky looking (in a good way)haha.

"Lady Of Attraction" opens with strummed guitar as psychedelic vocals come in along with percussion and flute. Harmonica before 3 1/2 minutes with mellotron ends it. The old mellotron / harmonica combo. Possibly a first. Haha. "With Little Miss Trimmings" is a short track that opens with the sound of someone squeeling their tires before a good melody with vocal melodies takes over. "Odyssey In Om" is an over 15 minute trip to the land of purple. Percussion to start with as sitar joins in. The beat stops at 3 1/2 minutes as flute arrives.Then the sitar stop after 4 minutes as it turns spacey with lots of reserved flute. Harmonica then takes over followed by some heavy guitar around 6 minutes with drums. Great sound. Mellotron with a calm 9 minutes in as spoken vocals arrive.The guitar comes ripping in a minute later. Nice bass too and harmonica. Mellotron and spoken words are back 11 minutes in then it kicks back in. Settles again 13 minutes in with harmonica. More psychedelia before the guitar comes crashing in to end it with mellotron.

"Green Fly" has such a good sound to it with the bass, flute, drums and mellotron standing out. Vocals a minute in with harmonica. More mellotron after 2 minutes as drums pound away. Themes are repeated. "Looking At Time" is a 14 minute track and possibly my favourite. I like the intro with both acoustic and electric guitars playing with drums. A nice heavy sound 2 minutes in then harmonica and drums take over. Vocals also join in. A beautiful and pleasant sound 6 minutes in. Flute 9 minutes in and then we get strummed guitar as the electric guitar grinds away. The tempo picks up 11 1/2 minutes in and it gets kind of crazy. Guitar then lights it up followed by vocals and harmonica. "Last Doors" is led early by harmonica, guitar and drums before the vocals come in. Nice guitar solo before 2 1/2 minutes.

This has really grown on me a lot. From not liking it at first to really appreciating just about everything about it. Fans of Krautrock should check this out and be patient.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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