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McChurch Soundroom



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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Interesting cover art with the skull dripping with melted wax.These guys are from Switzerland and got the first part of their band name from their leader and vocalist / flautist Sandy McChurch (an alias actually as his real name is Sandro Ciesa). And the second part of their name from the "Soundroom" as they called it where they practised all the time, which happened to be the garage of Sandy's parents. I'm still having trouble getting totally into the first two tracks but the rest is fantastic.

"Delusion" opens with strummed guitar, bass, flute and reserved vocals.The tempo picks up before 1 1/2 minutes with more passionate vocals. Nice rhythm and some organ as well. Themes are repeated. Not a bad song but I really can't get into the more uptempo sections with vocals. "Dream Of A Drummer" is the only track composed by the drummer surprisingly, it's uptempo with some good bass a minute in as the guitar solos. It settles a minute later then kicks back in. Then at 3 1/2 minutes we find out why the song is called "Dream Of A Drummer". Yes the drums take right over and solo until the cows come home. Actually it's 7 minutes in when the guitar and bass trade solos, then the song kicks back in just like at the beginning. "Time Is Flying" opens with drums as organ and guitar take turns followed by flute. Vocals before a minute. Themes are repeated. It's a really good tune.

"What Are You Doin'" is an anti-drug song believe it or not. An anti-drug song in the Krautrock genre ?! This is the best song of the bunch in my opinion. It has this BLACK SABBATH vibe to it. It opens with organ before a dark mood arrives a minute in. Vocals follow and flute. The organ is back before 2 1/2 minutes as the tempo picks up. It slows down again as the contrasts continue. Guitar solo 4 1/2 minutes in. Great track. "Trouble Part I" and "Trouble Part II" are both instrumentals with a jazzy flavour. I like the way the flute will lead for a while, then the guitar, then the organ, all the while the bass throbs. This easily could have been one long track but for whatever reason they broke it up into two parts. By the way the engineer on this album is none other then Conny Plank.

Barely 4 stars because of the first two songs, but hey this was 1971, and besides there's too much here to give it anything less. Excellent addition to any Krautrock collection.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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