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Krautrock definition

Krautrock (also called "Kosmische musik") is a German avant-garde / experimental rock movement that emerged at the end of the 1960's. It was intended to go beyond the eccentricities developed by the wild psychedelic rock universe of the US, by giving a special emphasis to electronic treatments, sound manipulation and minimal hypnotic motifs (continuing the style of "musique concrete" and minimalist repetitive music but within a more accessible environment).

Krautrock put the emphasis on extended and ecstatic instrumental epics, neglecting the format of conventional psych-pop songs. The term Krautrock was first used by the British music press in a very derogatory way. The term rapidly found a better reputation in underground music circles and finally gained a certain popularity (thanks to the Brain-Festival Essen...)

The Krautrock movement is widely associated with notorious bands such as Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Faust, Neu!, Ash Ra Tempel, Agitation Free, Guru Guru, etc. With their own particular artistic expression, these musical collectives provided rocking psychedelic incantations, mantra like drones, melancholic lugubrious atmospheres, long and convoluted collective improvisations, binary repetitive drum pulses, fuzz guitars, feedback, primitive electronic noises, hallucinatory ballads, and garage blues rock trips. Krautrock can be described as an anarchic, intense, acid, tellurian, nocturnal, spacey, dark and oniric "adventure" through rock music.

The most consistent years of the Krautrock scene cover a relatively short period from 1970 to 1975. After their first spontaneous, hyperactive and psychedelic efforts, the bands generally split up or declined into other musical sensibilities, more in line with mainstream rock or with ambient soundscapes.

Each region develops its particular musical scene, interpreting differently the Krautrock musical structure. For instance the Berlin school focused on "astral" synthscapes, weird electronic experimentation and acid jams (Ash Ra Tempel, Agitation Free, Mythos, The Cosmic Jokers, Kluster...), The Munich scene offered fuzzed out (Eastern) psych rock mantras with some folk accents (Popol Vuh, Amon Duul, Gila, Guru Guru, Witthuser & Westrupp...). Cologne and Dusseldorf underground scenes focused on happenings, political rock, electronics, pulsating rhythms and clean sounding Krautrock (Floh de Cologne, La Dusseldorf, Neu! Can...).

This musical cartography is correct in the absolute but naturally reveals some variations and exceptions. This intriguing and freak 'n' roll 1970's German scene enjoyed a rebirth in recent years thanks to a large number of reissues (of long lost classics) published by several independent labels (Spalax, Garden of Delights, Long Hair Music...) as a direct result of Krautrock's musical inspiration of modern post rock bands. There are actually some neo psychedelic rock bands who try to hold up Krautrock, and who notably find a major place to express themselves during the historical Burg Herzberg Festival in Germany.

Philippe Blache
December 2007



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Krautrock Top Albums


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4.16 | 349 ratings
HOSIANNA MANTRA
Popol Vuh
4.22 | 160 ratings
EDGE OF TIME
Dom
4.14 | 424 ratings
ASH RA TEMPEL
Ash Ra Tempel
4.42 | 58 ratings
EISZEIT
Gam
4.11 | 659 ratings
FUTURE DAYS
Can
4.10 | 544 ratings
YETI
Amon Düül II
4.09 | 370 ratings
TANZ DER LEMMINGE [AKA: DANCE OF THE LEMMINGS]
Amon Düül II
4.16 | 142 ratings
LETZTE TAGE - LETZTE NÄCHTE
Popol Vuh
4.05 | 417 ratings
NEU!
Neu !
4.06 | 203 ratings
GILA [AKA: FREE ELECTRIC SOUND]
Gila
4.02 | 471 ratings
PHALLUS DEI
Amon Düül II
4.06 | 158 ratings
KÄNGURU
Guru Guru
4.05 | 153 ratings
SELIGPREISUNG
Popol Vuh
4.04 | 154 ratings
VOLUME 10
Electric Orange
4.02 | 208 ratings
ELECTRIC SILENCE
Dzyan
3.96 | 743 ratings
TAGO MAGO
Can
3.96 | 515 ratings
EGE BAMYASI
Can
3.98 | 315 ratings
WOLF CITY
Amon Düül II
4.02 | 164 ratings
AGUIRRE
Popol Vuh
4.36 | 32 ratings
NIBELUNGENLIED
German Oak

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A COUPLE OF TIMES
Twogether
SILOAH [ALSO RELEASED AS SÄUREADLER]
Siloah
PLANET OF MAN
Code III
4 TIMES SOUND RAZING
Silberbart

Latest Krautrock Music Reviews


 2nd by AGITATION FREE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.84 | 201 ratings

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2nd
Agitation Free Krautrock

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Jamming is one of the things that I like in Krautrock, especially when it's well balanced. A bad example of jamming is the ridicolous trippy debut of Amon Duul. "First Communication" is a good one, instead. The two guitars and the bass sound like the early Wishbone Ash, but the dissonant note, likely played by mistake at about minute 2 witnesses the fact that it's a jam and possibly a one- take recording. Despite this fact, the track is well structured. Ok, it's a few chords progression, but the first part of "Sometimes World", to mention Wishbone Ash again, hasn't much more. This track is relaxing, if it was meant to be trippy, that's surely a good trip. Possibly, I would put it on while driving (if only my wife allowed this kind of music when we travel by car).

"Dialogue And Random" is totally different. Just electronic noises of the kind that make "Invisible Connections" by Vangelis. Not as iconic as "On The Run" by Pink Floyd. It's a sort of bridge between the chaotic final of the first track and the beauty of the third.

"Laila part 1" Has again an initial Wishbone Ash vibe due to the 12 strings guitar, but the electric guitar riff is another story: it's rock with a touch of psychedelia, maybe a bit late as it's 1973 and it sounds as it came from the previous decade. By the way, it's my pot. I love it. "Laila part 2" is a surprise. It still reminds me of Wishbone Ash but also of CAMEL. If somebody told me that's a track missed from Moonmadness, I could believe it. Here Rausch and Diez show that they are also good instrumentists. There are few fast guitar passages where a good technique is on display, while the drums are similar to the style of Andy Ward that I don't think it's an easy thing.

"In The Silence Of The Morning" runs on the same binaries. A repetitive bass line, metronomic drums, dissonant 12 strings guitar trippy electric guitar and a subtle background of keyboards. Another good trip that the dissonant chords played by Ulbrich make more interesting.

Probably there's something that I don't get, but I often skip "A Quite Walk". To me it's like a failed attempt to experimentalism. It has good moments, but I find it inconsistent. Probably if it was accompanied by colorful images it would have a different impact. The bouzuki part sounds Indian even if it's a Greek instrument and not a SItar, and it's the best part of the track. Does anybody remember George Harrison's solo stuff?

The album is closed by "Haunted Island". The only track featuring lyrics and vocals. Thow voices, one whispered and a bass note at the end of each sentence before organ and drums create a crescendo of suspance. When the bass enters, we are almost in the Eloy realm. It's not Atlantis sinking, or is it? The final explosion closes the track too suddenly. It's a pity.

The weak parts of the album are well counterbalanced by the goods, there's some musicianship that's not always ensured in Krautrock, so even who is not too much into this subgenre can enjoy about 40 minutes of good vibrations. With or without smoking stuff.

 Affenstunde by POPOL VUH album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.19 | 120 ratings

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Affenstunde
Popol Vuh Krautrock

Review by mickcoxinha

3 stars As many of those early experimental albums, Popol's Vuh debut is mostly a hit-or-miss with progressive rock fans because of its unstructed nature. Even for many people who like Krautrock and Electronic Prog in some way, this might be difficult to enjoy.

It is interesting that, unlike other bands in the same situation, like Tangerine Dream and Kluster, which evolved in their way of doing the electronic prog albums, Popol Vuh remained in the progressive rock realm but with a completely different style.

Not wanting to go too much in what isn't in the album, Affenstunde is a high-experimental album with only Moog Synthesizer explorations and percussion. Considering the date it was recorded (1970), where analog synthesizers were only in form of big sets of knobs, swithces and cables, it is a great technical acheivement to be able to produce these sounds and be able to fill an entire album with them.

That said, most of the album consists in tuneless melodies that sound improvised. It feels like the purpose of exploring the synth capabilities than to using it to generated the sounds to play a composed song. The songs have long parts of drone sounds with some improvised melodies. The percussion sometimes gives a rhythmic feel to the long drones, sometimes are improvised as well, as if each musician was playing their own thing.

To be able to enjoy this album, one must like a very specific kind of music, experimental and improvisational. And, even for the ones who like it, there are some better albums out there (for example, the second Popol Vuh album). So, while I enjoy it, I'd recommend this album only to those who have an idea of what to expect.

 Vertigo of Flaws by TREES SPEAK album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.91 | 4 ratings

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Vertigo of Flaws
Trees Speak Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Time to ramble a bit as this is my final TREES SPEAK review and I'm so thankful to have discovered them and owe Hugues a "thanks!" for seeing him time and time again on multiple sites recommend this band. Once again we get this stew of Electronic Krautrock, Psychedelic, Soundtrack music and Miles Davis experimental-like stuff. Damian and Daniel Diaz are two intelligent musicians who named their band after a technology of putting data in trees believing trees communicate to each other. All you have to do is read their thoughts on music to realize these guys are on a different level. On that SHAMBLEMATHS level I'd say.

I reviewed their two albums from 2020 finding "Ohms" a tough nut to crack much like this one. "Shadow Forms" the other album from 2020 was easier to get into and felt like a companion record to "Ohms". In 2021 they released "PostHuman" which contains their most exciting music and reaches highs that the other records don't. Having said that "Vertigo Of Flaws" is everything I believe they have been shooting for. It's different in that the others are all 40 minute records while this is one 84 minute plus cd with 29 tracks. It took many spins to unlock it but man this is the one in my opinion. It's also the only one to actually have useful info in the liner notes. From nothing basically on the earlier three cds to pictures of the band and their instruments and lots of written info too. The total package right here.

"When communicating a musical idea, we often refer to musical diagrams to express dynamics, chords, key signatures, and emotional expression. These graphic notations are a template to communicate esoteric concepts, and musicians are free to improvise and perform within these parameters. We use this form of art expression during live performances and in-studio recordings. It is a simple way to explain an overarching idea without getting into too many details to capture a particular aesthetic." There are many examples of these diagrams in the thick liner notes which is really cool to study. So we get the duo plus five guests and Gabriel Sullivan really should be your third member guys come on! Pictures of the Diaz boys and Gabriel and the Dust & Stone recording studio are all appreciated. We get a quote from John Cage and other stuff that is way over my head. "Vertigo Of Flaws" was recorded in Brooklyn, New York, and Tuscon, Arizona during the plague of 2020 and 2021."

I feel like the drumming has been given more prominence here and it is outstanding. There's probably ten tracks that really standout for me including the opener "Seventh Mirror" a catchy tune driven by drums and bass. "Interference" has this jazz groove like NUCLEUS with the bass, beats and horn drones. Check out the drumming before 2 minutes. "Pyramid" again has this groove with excellent drum work. Bass and keyboards as well. "Optics" has these deep bass sounds with drums and atmosphere. Really good! It turns to electronics before 2 minutes then back to that powerful sound from before. "Stasi" has these sounds that pulse quickly as the bass joins in. It's building with drums joining in. Catchy stuff. Drums to the fore around 2 minutes then back to the previous sound.

"Violence Cascades" has vibes and piano along with atmosphere. This is haunting as drums arrive. Really interesting music here. Sounds like cello around 1 1/2 minutes. A great avant sounding piece. "Traumsprache" is a dark and experimental soundscape like part two of the previous tune. "Threnody" has trumpet expressions, electronics and drums. A Miles vibe 2 minutes in. "Mind Oscillation" has these sounds that pulse so fast as other sounds join in. This is like an electronic UNIVERS ZERO track. So good. "Hidden Machine" with that spacey sound with bass. Finally "Cloud Chamber" my final top ten with bass, trumpet expressions and piano as it plods along.

I have quit buying new music on-line once again after many problems. Funny I think in the ten years I ordered music I had one issue during that time. Over a few months I have had many issues so I have stopped and will enjoy what I have. Looking forward to the 35 or so cds from 2018 to 2022 that I did buy though. These four TREES SPEAK cds were over 2 months getting to me as the order got lost. So glad they came! Great way to end my run.

 PostHuman by TREES SPEAK album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.04 | 5 ratings

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PostHuman
Trees Speak Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. I feel that this duo are only getting better. I reviewed their two releases from 2020 both solid 4 star albums where the electronics dominates but I love that we get real drums, guitar, bass, trumpet, keys and more. They have guests come in adding their talents on many of these instruments. So I feel "PostHuman" beats the two 2020 releases as they seem to get more melodic and less experimental although there is plenty of the latter. Less melancholic as well. I just feel there are way more highs on this one. And while they don't offer a track that is even 4 minutes long these 16 songs blend into each other in fact the next song usually is playing before my player shows it moving to the next track. A seamless piece that recreates that electronic based Krautrock of the late 60's and early 70's and yet I've noticed right from "Ohms" to "Shadow Forms" to "PostHuman" that they do not sound derivative at all.

I want to talk about the three tracks that were love at first listen. "Glass" just sounds amazing when the sequencers join the opening experimental soundscape. This is intense. Drums a minute in as I'm just bobbing along. Guitar joins in next as they are killing it here. Electronics over top and what sounds like mellotron. "Scheinwelt" one of a few German titles is right there with "Glass" with how incredible it sounds. Urgent is the word and driving with those dark sounds with drums, guitar, bass and electronics leading the way. It's building after 1 1/2 minutes. Great track! "Healing Rods" again clicked with me right away but it's not as good as the first two in my opinion. Spacey winds are joined by acoustic guitar then electronic beats and drums before a minute. This just seems to get fuller as it plays out.

I also really enjoyed the closer "Glaserner Mensch" for the depth and darkness. Experimental with trumpet expressions, pretty cool. "Divided Light" appeals to me for what sounds like vibes although they echo so... but drums and experimental sounds. Really good. "Elements Of Matter" is catchy and mid paced with bass, drums, experimental sounds and atmosphere. "Steckdose" is another highlight and I like the way this changes as it plays out. The tempo shifts too and we get some heaviness and a calm. I'm not as big on the opener "Double Slit" and "X Zeit" although they are channeling NEU! with those two very catchy and almost danceable tunes. The NEU! connection helps me to appreciate these two. I had to smile at "Incandescent Sun" because of "Lightbulb Sun" and there's actually a FLOYD vibe there.

Man I've enjoyed this band so much and the electronics that I've added a half dozen Electronic albums to listen to this Summer which is supposed to be my Psychedelic Summer.

 Shadow Forms by TREES SPEAK album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.04 | 4 ratings

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Shadow Forms
Trees Speak Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This is studio album number three for TREES SPEAK out of Arizona and the second one of 2020 released less than 6 months after "Ohms". Not a lot to choose between the two records as we get that Soundtrack Music/ Krautrock/ Electronic style with trumpet expressions bringing Miles Davis to mind. Just a cool sounding record much like "Ohms" and maybe there's more sequencers on this one and less real drums. Motorik is the word at times. These really feel like companion albums to my ears.

So much good music here and the vibes on "Tear Kisser" is a highlight with the electronics and beats. Trumpet too at 1 1/2 minutes. "Transforming" is mid-paced and melancholic with piano and a lot of atmosphere. Headphone music. "Automat" might be my favourite with the electronic beats being joined by a haunting atmosphere. Then heavy beats which sound so good. Crank this one. "Crystal System" is very spacey to start then beats and trumpet expressions are added as it plods along. Atmosphere too joins in. It's haunting and sparse late to end it.

"Agonize Signal" opens with deep bass electronics that slowly howl as other sounds join in. Some spooky female vocal expressions arrive before 2 minutes but not for long. "Magick Knives" has these fast paced electronic beats with this light synth melody that comes and goes. Deep sounds and atmosphere join in. The sound will change slightly as this plays out. A dog is barking. Trumpet expressions. Sequencers get louder and the trumpet blasts and I'm thinking TD meets Miles right there. The closer and title track is a surprising 8 minutes long and fits right in with what's gone on before.

A really strong album and a duo that continues to impress me. Some excellent guests help out with bass, trumpet and more. So glad I discovered this band.

 Ohms by TREES SPEAK album cover Studio Album, 2020
3.96 | 9 ratings

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Ohms
Trees Speak Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Hey if you want to hear a modern instrumental take on bands like CAN, NEU!, CLUSTER, Brian Eno, early KRAFTWERK and the like you need to check this brother duo out. I'd also mention the more modern RADIO MASSACRE INTERNATIONAL as a reference. The Diaz brothers are from Arizona and while those seventies acts are good comparisons these two guys have made this music their own. Inspired by these legendary bands but sounding surprisingly original. I was curious as well to see them on the Soul Jazz label out of Soho, London but that company had decided to add some electronica bands to their label. To quote the band "Our intention is to create music with an unrehearsed minimalist approach performing simple beats, riffs and sequences to take one inward." Two multi-instrumentalists but mostly a drum/electronics duo who add six guests here with bass, guitar, trumpet and sax. The latter plays organ and keyboards as well. Not a lot of information in the liner notes on any of their albums and I get it, they want to make it about the music. While the Electronic sub-genre would fit this band I'm glad they are in Krautrock it's a good fit.

So an almost 44 minute album with 17 songs but many of these songs blend into the next without a gap. A melancholic album over all with the electronics dominating but I love that they mixed the drums up high in the sound. It just sounds surprisingly good this way in contrast to the electronic beats. A good example is the opener "Soul Sequencer" and it's the longest at 5 minutes. The drums arrive before 2 minutes and I'm shouting "Here we go!". Prior to this synths hover and pulse before electronic beats arrive along with guitar expressions as it builds.

Some really nice bass on this album from Gabriel Sullivan who pops up on most if not all of their albums. And I have to mention those trumpet expressions and sounds that bring RMI to mind who I mentioned earlier. The sax is also inventive and if it's him playing the electric piano on a few tracks then thanks man! After my first two spins I realized it's going to take some time to unlock this one and it was probably the sixth spin that it started to stick. Love that run from track seven to track thirteen along with the closer. So much adventerous stuff in there plus the electric piano and horns.

I have to mention "Sadness In Wires" just a feel good song with the drums, bass, electronics and more that build. "Sleep Crime" is great and how about those trumpet expressions. Amazing sound too with the next track "Knowing This" with a jazzy vibe. Electric piano, steady beats, atmosphere, bass and more. "Splendid Sun" is a beautiful and spacey tune. "Out Of View" reminds me of early FLOYD with the sinister bass line and dark sound. And I do like that closer "Witch Wound" for the horn, electric piano and that it turns powerful late.

This has really grown on me. I'm a huge fan of these two and look forward to listening to their next three albums over the coming weeks.

 A Murmur, Boundless to the East by YOO DOO RIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2022
4.00 | 2 ratings

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A Murmur, Boundless to the East
Yoo Doo Right Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Obviously inspired by a specific German band in some way, YOO DOO RIGHT currently are a trio from Montreal, Québec, consisting of Justin Cober (guitar, synth, vocals), Charles Masson (bass), and drummer John Talbot. Thus, distributed via Mothland in June 2022, their second album 'A Murmur, Boundless To The East' covers very much Kraut infected music, but is also equipped with a contemporary post rock and shoegaze twist in equal measure. Based on that requirements they are able to offer an inspired unique flow, surely also due to the involvement of acclaimed record producer Radwan Ghazi Moumneh. And so, step by step, this evokes its experimental free-spirited character over the course, with the result of a well appointed amalgam of song structure and improvisation.

I'm not sure to whom this is adressed especially, but Say Less, Do More certainly is a clever advice concerning many cases in real life. Eh, the song reminds me of New Model Army somehow, especially due to Justin Cober's singing voice. Ebb and flow featuring hypnotic behaviour, deep grooves and lively drums, soaring synths and guitars, Dérive proves the provided skills as no other. Neo Kraut Grandezza! Surprisingly in between, on The Failure Of Stiff, Tired Friends the lead guitar describes some cinematic Ennio Morricone adapted mood. Then later you'll be faced with rather weird lyrics repectively vocals on the extended Feet Together, Face Up, On The Front Lawn. Finally this accentuates the post rock aspect again, including raising monumental guitar walls. My conclusion: great stuff! 'A Murmur, Boundless To The East' definitely marks an enjoyable production.

 Don't Think You Can Escape Your Purpose by YOO DOO RIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Don't Think You Can Escape Your Purpose
Yoo Doo Right Krautrock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A French Canadian band who has obviously taken inspiration from CAN but seem to be offering a "What would Can be doing today, in the 21st Century" perspective. Obviously, they think there would be elements of Kevin Shields' My Bloody Valentine sound as well as Post Rock bleeds.

1. "A Certain Sense of Disenchantment" (1:58) teasing space rock sounds and Roman gladiator beats make it sound as if I'm in for a SWANS-like listening experience--but then it ends (and bleeds over to the next song) with some KRAFTWERK-like synth sequencing. (4.25/5)

2. "1N914" (7:05) A hard-driving, metronomic Krautrock song that turns full-on Post Rock. The presence of some KEVIN SHIELDS-like guitar chord bending is awesome. One of the best songs of 2021. (14.5/15)

3. "Marché des vivants" (3:48) Great synth-oriented song. It doesn't hurt that the rhythm section provides us with a flippin' awesome groove that you can really sink your pelvis into. (9.5/10)

4. "The Moral Compass of a Self-Driving Car" (6:33) the groove of the opening of Camel's "Lunar Sea" comes to mind as well as the dramatic stylings and sounds of Post Rock of Virginian band GIFTS FROM ENOLA; there is no Krautrock here--until the three minute mark when the car takes a turn onto the Autobahn. What a smooth, sneaky, seemless switch! I welcome the KRAFTWERK and KEVIN SHIELDS sounds and stylings. (9.25/10)

5. "Don't Think You Can Escape Your Purpose" (6:00) a more dreamy, contemplative, mostly instrumental song (the Michael Gira-like vocals are only in the second minute) than the previous driving/dancing grooves. New Gold Dream-era SIMPLE MINDS comes strongly to mind. I love--am mesmerized by--the pitch-variant drone throughout the first three minutes. Then it turns ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF/MY BLOODY VALENTINE. (8.75/10)

6. "Join, Be Curst" (4:38) at first, this one has a punk feel (due to its shouted vocal and simple, straightforward pounding drum beat), but then at 1:43 the music switches to a kind of Latin Space sound--what Space Cowboys might sound like from Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone. (8.5/10)

7. "Presto Presto, Bella's Dream" (3:46) the first song I heard by the band and one that reminded me of the fact that I'm not a particular fan of CAN-like metronomic Krautrock. (8.25/10)

8. "Black Moth" (6:49) though there is a modern, almost BLACK MIDI, aspect to this song, it could also very well be a song straight off of a MONO, THE FUTURE KINGS OF ENGLAND, or SLEEPMAKESWAVES album. (12.75/15)

An album that starts off so strongly with its Kevin Shields-spiced version of German Post Rock but then, unfortunately, slips into more monotonous stylings of Can-like Krautrock. Admirable attempt at the melding of the two styles but, ultimately, a failure for having fallen too

B+/4.5 stars; a near-miss to masterpiece level. Definitely a band I look forward to for future releases.

 L'Orée by ASHINOA album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.90 | 2 ratings

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L'Orée
Ashinoa Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars With their new effort 'L'Orée' the band puts out something very atmospheric, yet trippy psych and krautrock tinged music. But important to note, this is also incorporating some more genre distant styles like dub, trip hop aso. Overall electronics and samples are playing a really essential role here, compared to the more minimalistic predecessor album. Anyhow, summa sumarum a challenging and enjoyable matter, that counts in the end. Responsible is the band ASHINOA from Lyon, France, constituted around core members Chris Poincelot (guitar), Matteo Fabbri (bass, synth), and Jérémy Labarre (synth). Furthermore the regular drum duties are shared by Paul Renard and Lucien Chatin. Well, this indeed bears a very percussive behaviour, there's a lot of groove in here.

The intention is to offer rather short minmal tracks obviously, based on a differing attitude in each case. Particularly also equipped with a cinematic ambient atmosphere, let's say similar to the band Trees Speak. Thus they are offering twelve tracks, though solely with a total length of a concise vinyl production. The well-conceived starter Vermillion is evolving into a hypnotic doomy groove, later showing some nice flute attendance. Appealing neo krautrock flavour, for what it's worth. The short Space Cow comes with a strong melodramatic behaviour, where the superb Unknown To Myself showcases some tricky drumming. Selvatica and Bade BaidebSz on the other hand are supplying a pleasant dub infected intermezzo. Great album in its entirety, Fuzz Club Records are presenting another entertaining song collection without a doubt.

 Zoppo Trump by ZOPPO TRUMP album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.04 | 4 ratings

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Zoppo Trump
Zoppo Trump Krautrock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars In the fertile years of Krautrock in Germany's progressive rock scene, the 1970s yielded a variety of well known acts that have become synonymous with the overall scene in general but not all bands had the fortune of becoming as well known as Can, Amon Duul II or Popol Vuh. On the contrary most bands if they were lucky only managed to squeak out an album or two before facing financial ruin and even worse yet there were many bands that never even had the opportunity to release a single album. ZOPPO TRUMP falls into that ill-fated category although the band did record several tracks, two of which: "Welloengang" and "Fluktuation" appeared on the various artists compilation "Scena Westphalica" from 1976.

While to modern ears the odd band name may make one think of some sort of tribute to a certain billionaire turned US president the term ZOPPO is actually an English word that refers to music that is alternately with and without syncopation and TRUMP has a number of English meanings ranging from a move in card games to the major arcana of a tarot deck. Whatever the band name means, they certainly picked one that is distinct from many of the boring generic names that came out of the German Krautrock scene! This band formed in Dortmund and existed from 1971 to about 1976 seven different members over the course of its existence. In the beginning ZOPPO TRUM was a mere trio but then quickly grew to a quartet which they remained until the band members parted ways.

This self-titled release is the result of the label Garden of Delights which has lovingly brought long lost artifacts of the past to the modern day with the dignity of a proper release. This compilation was released in 2009 and features tracks ranging from the band's early stint as a trio with the first two tracks "Man of Peace" and "Queen of War" to the more progressive rocking tracks that incorporated not only the blues rock of their early existence but upped the sophistication with traces of jazz, classical and prog rock with ample uses of saxophone, organ and mellotrons in addition to the standard rock instrumentation of the guitar, bass and drums. Not all periods of this band's history were recorded but this compilation showcases the diverse range and evolution of the band's early stages to the grand finale of its career with a heavier reliance on jazz and proggy workouts.

Many of the members were multi-instrumentalists. The band was led by Ferdi Eberth handled lead vocals, guitars, saxophone and organ who was the only member to straddle the entire timeline of the band's existence. Later came Martin Buschmann who played many types of keyboards as well as alto sax. Bassist Udo Preising had been in the band Electric Mud which itself only released a single album in 1971 before calling it a day. Drummer Nicky Gebhard was perhaps the most prolific having joined Wallenstein, Karma, M.E.K. Bilk and several other projects beyond his tenure with ZOPPO TRUMP. The music on this release is all presented chronologically which is the way these types of archival releases should be as it shows how the band progressed from a simpler blues based rock trio to the more progressive jazz rock of the band's later years.

At its heart ZOPPO TRUMP was basically a jam band with simple bass grooves upon which the organist or guitarists could improvise around. The vocalist delivered some lyrics but more time was invested in lengthy instrumental workouts that ranged in sounding like Blodwyn PIg and Camel to other German contemporaries like Out of Focus or Thirsty Moon but nearly as innovative or masterful in the composition process as any of those more famous bands. The symphonic touches are common throughout the band's sounds with a strong emphasis on keyboards but often the jazzy moods dominate. The lyrics were in English and lead vocalist Reimund Eberth while competent wasn't one of the most memorable vocalists of the day either. The nine tracks on this release are all molded from the same overall sound but differ enough to make this a decent listening experience.

ZOPPO TRUMP was a decent band for sure but one can hear why they didn't exactly set the world on fire during their day as well. While they delivered an interesting blend of psych, blues, prog, jazz and classical, they didn't excel in any particular way. They didn't take you on a lysergic journey into tripper's paradise with the exception of a few moments that unfortunately were marred with "normal" keyboard accompaniments and likewise they didn't really excel at the jazz-fusion chops or prog time signature deviations. In other words they only dabbled in these musical motifs without fully committing which leaves me a bit unsatisfied. The jamming comfort zone is the main gist of the band's entire existence. This is indeed a worthy release for those checking out the nooks and crannies of the overlooked Krautrock underground from the 1970s but ZOPPO TRUMP didn't have enough creative mojo to stand out above the crowded scene. Definitely some magic moments but just not enough.

3.5 rounded down

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A.R. & MACHINES Germany
ABSCHAUM France
ACHTZEHN KARAT GOLD Germany
AG A.M. Germany
AGITATION FREE Germany
AINIGMA Germany
AIR Germany
ALASKA RANGE Switzerland
ALCATRAZ Germany
ALEX ORIENTAL EXPERIENCE Germany
ALTONA (GER) Germany
ALUK TODOLO France
AMON DÜÜL Germany
AMON DÜÜL United Kingdom
AMON DÜÜL II Germany
ANIMA-SOUND Germany
ANNEXUS QUAM Germany
ANONIONS United Kingdom
ANT-BEE United States
ARKTIS Germany
ASH RA TEMPEL Germany
ASHINOA France
ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS United Kingdom
ASTERIX Germany
ATTEMPT TO RESTORE Germany
AVARUS Finland
AVEC LE SOLEIL SORTANT DE SA BOUCHE Canada
AWAKE & GALLO Greece
BABA YAGA Germany
BACKNEE HORN Israel
BAD STATISTICS New Zealand
HERBERT F. BAIRY Germany
BAUMSTAM Germany
BEAK> United Kingdom
JERRY BERKERS Germany
BETWEEN Multi-National
BLACK SPIRIT Italy
BLACKBIRDS Germany
BLACKMANN LANE Germany
BLACKWATER PARK Germany
BLUMEN DES EXOTISCHEN EISES Germany
BOKAJ RETSIEM Germany
DON BRADSHAW-LEATHER United States
BRAINTICKET Switzerland
BRAST BURN Japan
CHRIS BRAUN BAND Germany
BRAVE NEW WORLD Germany
BULLFROG Germany
ROMAN BUNKA Germany
C.A.R. Germany
CAMERA Germany
CAN Germany
CAVERN OF ANTI-MATTER Germany
CHEVAL FOU France
CLUSTER Germany
CODE III Germany
COLOUR HAZE Germany
TONY CONRAD United States
CORNUCOPIA Germany
COSMIC CIRCUS MUSIC Germany
THE COSMIC JOKERS Germany
COUPLA PROG Germany
COZMIC CORRIDORS Germany
CRAVINKEL Germany
CREME DE HASSAN Germany
CURLY CURVE Germany
CYCLOPEAN Multi-National
HOLGER CZUKAY Germany
DAMENBART Germany
DARSOMBRA United States
DATASHOCK Germany
DAVENPORT United States
DEAF Switzerland
DEJA VU Germany
DEUTER Germany
DIES IRAE Germany
THOMAS DINGER Germany
DOLOROSA France
DOM Multi-National
DREAMWORLD Germany
DROSSELBART Germany
DRUM CIRCUS Switzerland
DSCHINN Germany
DULL KNIFE Germany
DÜDE DÜRST Switzerland
FRANKIE DYMON JR. Germany
DZYAN Germany
EAT LIGHTS BECOME LIGHTS United Kingdom
EGYPT IS THE MAGICK # United States
EILIFF Germany
EINSEINSEINS Germany
EJWUUSL WESSAHQQAN Germany
ELECTRIC MUD Germany
ELECTRIC ORANGE Germany
ELECTRIC SANDWICH Germany
EMMA MYLDENBERGER Germany
EPSILON Germany
ERLKOENIG Germany
ERNA SCHMIDT Germany
EROC Germany
ERUPTION Germany
ET CETERA (DE) Germany
ETURIVI Finland
EULENSPYGEL Germany
EX CANIX Sweden
EXPONENT Germany
FATHER YOD AND THE SPIRIT OF '76 United States
FAUST Germany
FEVER KNIFE Finland
FIFTH DEAD Germany
FILLE QUI MOUSSE France
FLOH DE COLOGNE Germany
FLORIAN GEYER Germany
FLYING MOON IN SPACE Germany
FOTOSPUTNIK United States
FRIEDHOF Germany
FRIENDSOUND United States
FROB Germany
GÄA Germany
GAM Germany
GASH Germany
GEBARVATERLI Germany
GERMAN OAK Germany
GIFT Germany
GILA Germany
GOLEM Germany
SERGIUS GOLOWIN Switzerland
MANUEL GÖTTSCHING Germany
GRAVE Germany
GRAVESTONE Germany
GREEN WAVE Germany
GRUMBLING FUR United Kingdom
GURU GURU Germany
GURUMANIAX Germany
HABOOB Multi-National
HAIRY CHAPTER Germany
HANUMAN / LIED DES TEUFELS Germany
HÄX CEL Germany
HEDERSLEBEN Germany
HINTERGEDANKEN United States
IBLISS Germany
IGNATZ Belgium
IHRE KINDER Germany
IMPROVED SOUND LIMITED Germany
INSTANT DRONE FACTORY Multi-National
IRMIN'S WAY Multi-National
JERONIMO Germany
JUD'S GALLERY Germany
KANOI Austria
KAPUTTER HAMSTER Germany
KEMIALLISET YSTÄVÄT Finland
KICKBIT INFORMATION Germany
KILLED ON X-MAS Germany
KLUSTER Germany
KOLLEKTIV Germany
KONTRAST Germany
KORB United Kingdom
KOSMISCHER LÄUFER Germany
KRAKATAU Australia
KRAUTWERK Germany
JEAN-JACQUES KRAVETZ Germany
KROKODIL Switzerland
L.S. BEARFORCE Germany
LA DÜSSELDORF Germany
LA! NEU? Germany
LARD FREE France
LAVA Germany
LEVEL PI Germany
LICHTPYRAMIDE United Kingdom
LIFE Germany
LIGHTSHINE Germany
LIMBUS 3 & 4 Germany
LISTING SHIPS United Kingdom
LOKOMOTIVE KREUZBERG Germany
LUNAR GRAVE United States
MAGDALENA SOLIS Belgium
MAGMA Germany
MAGNETIK NORTH Multi-National
MAHOGANY BRAIN France
DAVID MARANHA Portugal
MCCHURCH SOUNDROOM Switzerland
MERLIN; SWARA; ILOR & FRIENDS Multi-National
METABOLISMUS Germany
METROPOLIS Germany
MINAMI DEUTSCH Japan
MITTELWINTERNACHT '71 Germany
MONOBEAT ORIGINAL Germany
MOOD TAEG Multi-National
MOOLAH United States
MOON OF OSTARA United Kingdom
MOONWOOD Canada
MØTRIK United States
MUNJU Germany
MUSHROOM'S PATIENCE Italy
MY SOLID GROUND Germany
MYTHOS Germany
N-1 Germany
THE NAZGÛL Germany
NECRONOMICON Germany
NEON HEART Sweden
NEPTUNITE Germany
NEU ! Germany
THE NO-NECK BLUES BAND United States
NOSFERATU Germany
NOVA EXPRESS Sweden
RALF NOWY Germany
NU & APA NEAGRA Romania
OCH Sweden
OKTOBER Germany
OMOIDE HATOBA Japan
ONYOU United States
ORANGE PEEL Germany
ORGANISATION Germany
OUR SOLAR SYSTEM Sweden
PACIFIC SOUND Switzerland
PANCAKE Germany
PANKO Germany
PATERNOSTER Austria
PINGUIN Germany
POPOL VUH Germany
PRINCESS FLOWER AND THE MOON RAYS Multi-National
PROF. WOLFFF Germany
PROSPER Germany
PSYCHEDELIC MONSTERJAM Germany
PYRAMID Germany
PYRANHA Switzerland
REAKTOR 4 Germany
LE RÉVEIL DES TROPIQUES France
MICHAEL ROTHER Germany
RUFUS ZUPHALL Germany
SAMETI Germany
SAND Germany
SCARECREW Germany
SCATTERED PURGATORY Taiwan
SCHLACHTVIEH Germany
SEEDOG Germany
SEI STILL Mexico
SEIKAZOKU Japan
SEMOOL France
SHANNONDOA Germany
SHERPA THE TIGER Ukraine
SIDDHARTHA Germany
SIINAI Finland
SILBERBART Germany
SILENT CARNIVAL Italy
SILOAH Germany
SILVESTER ANFANG Belgium
SINTO Germany
SIRI KARLSSON Sweden
SITTING BULL Germany
SKEPPET Sweden
SMOTE United Kingdom
SOUTH OF NO NORTH Belgium
SPACE EXPLOSION Germany
SPACEBOX Germany
SPERRMÜLL Germany
SPIRAL GALAXY United States
SPIRITCZUALIC ENHANCEMENT CENTER Germany
ST. KRAUT Russia
STAFF CARPENBORG AND THE ELECTRIC CORONA Germany
STAN UND HILDA Germany
STARA RZEKA Poland
SUB Germany
SWARA SAMRAT Germany
MITSURU TABATA Japan
TAROTPLANE United States
TASTE OF BLUES Sweden
TEARPALM Serbia
TEMPLE Germany
TERRACID Australia
THINK Germany
THRICE MICE Germany
TIERE DER NACHT Multi-National
TON STEINE SCHERBEN Germany
TREES SPEAK United States
TRIKOLON Germany
TRIP TO ELARA Germany
TWOGETHER Germany
TYLL Germany
UCHIHASHI KAZUHISA & MANI NEUMEIER Multi-National
ULENSPIEGEL Germany
ULTRALYD Norway
UTOPIA Germany
THE UTOPIA STRONG United Kingdom
VAMPIRES OF DARTMOORE Germany
VELJENI VALAS Finland
VERDE (MIKA RINTALA) Finland
VIBRACATHEDRAL ORCHESTRA United Kingdom
VINEGAR Germany
VIOLENCE FOG Germany
VIRGIN'S DREAM Germany
CHRISTIAN VON ESCHERSHEIM Germany
WALTER WEGMÜLLER Germany
WESERBERGLAND Norway
WIND Germany
WONGA Germany
WOODEN VEIL Multi-National
XHOL CARAVAN / XHOL Germany
YA HO WHA 13 United States
YATHA SIDHRA Germany
YOO DOO RIGHT Canada
ZACHT AUTOMAAT Canada
ZEMENT Germany
ZIPPO ZETTERLINK Germany
ZOPPO TRUMP Germany
ZWEISTEIN Germany

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