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HAU-RUK

Xhol Caravan / Xhol

 

Krautrock

3.78 | 34 ratings

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memowakeman
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4 stars Pretty nice, dont you think?

So now , here we have an extraordinary band (well actually i only know this album, but the quality shown here is good enough to say that is an extraordinary band) which comes from Germany, Xhol? i dont know what does Xhole mean , if it`s a german word or a name i dont know and i dont care, but im going to be tremendous honest with you, i have a list when i write all the albums i own, no matter if they are on mp3 etc, so i clearly remember that my "x" letter was empty and that was the original reason that took me to get an album by a band whose name starte with x.

Here i am happy with Xhol, which is still my only "X" band, i also know XII Alphonso but i dont have any of their albums. Xhol seems to be easily placed in the Krautrock genre because they are from Germany and their first album was released in the late 60`s , sol when the prog rock movement and obviously the name of Kraut began to rise to the world and grow up like a child, but in my opinion, at least my experience with this album, it doesn`t have the strong, weird, raw sound of Krautrock (im not an expert by the way, so i can be easily wrong), but a progressive Jazz sound , which actually also is not a clear sound overall that makes me say that this could be a jazz / fusion band, but i think is a closer genre which can describe this .

"Breit" is the first of three looong songs included in this album ,by the way called Hau - Ruck, which has a very slow tempo, as you can imagine a long 24 minute song could have some changes on it, and progress during it, so if you want to give it a chance, dont get desperate because believe me is so slow and could be a bit boring for you, but after 10 minutes it changes a bit to a faster tempo , in that part i find a bit of Canterbury sound, only a bit and because of the piano sound and the sax.Also i think the quality of the audio is not the best, not so clean, but anyway it can be compensated with the quality of the music. Let me tell you one important thing, this album doesn`t have guitars, so as you can imagine what we will enjoy here is the sound of drums, bass, and saxophone overall, giving to it the special jazz touch, also we will notice a synth making some back noises which could sound as waves or something.

"Schaukel" is the second of three tracks in the album, again a long epic over 20 minutes of great music, but the difference here is that in this one we will find since the beggining a faster and stronger sound, which actually becomes slower later but it`s just an advice, all the time we will notice the prescence of the saxophone taking the leading role of the song, maybe instead of what is a lead guitar, but it`s great i honestly dont miss the guitar here, despite i do love it light years more than the sax, but each one has it`s moments and here is only for sax. In somewhere of the song we will hear vocals for the first time, and a completely blues oriented sound.

"Süden twi Westen " is the last song of this album and my personal favorite, again it has the always Xholesque slow tempo sound, this song makes noises like a hwhistle or something, i think is a flute which is a curious sound during the song, while the drums are always playing, little by little the other instruments are joining to the song, taking the saxophone as the leading instrument as well, but here we listen to 2 saxophones interacting each other, one is louder than the other, but its a great jazz moment which i adore when i listen to it ,then it makes an stop, to then starts again with the organ sound. so the progression is coming again, that`s all about the album i think, also this song features the best flute moment of the album along with the so mentioned saxophone.

Very nice album, not my favorite at all, but im pleased with it , a great discover and as you read my ridicolous pretext to get this album , was not a mistake, i recommend it to any of you, jazz lovers or not, but be careful, 3 long songs could be so boring for you, so you know if you have the mood to get it or not.

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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