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Ash Ra Tempel



3.74 | 198 ratings

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3 stars Cosmic space blues rock from Germany, with explosive segments hold tightly together with frantic pulsing rhythms on the first two songs and ambient spacy atmospherics on the final track.

Light: Look at your sun, it's a slow spacy blues track, with nice soft guitar and slow blues rhythms, slowely building up in tension and power, very good vocals (once you get used to the voice). The guitar gets more intense, and the solo is very good, but it stays rather restrained, saving the all out frantic rhythmic explosion for the following song.

Darkness: Flowers must die, the counterpart of the first song, again rather spacy, after the teasingly slow start, the rhythmic cosmic explorations take an increasingly intense and for me beautifull form. Vocals are again very good in supporting the underlying music, though it's generally more screaming than singing really. Fabulous first half of the album.

Suche and Liebe is a side long epic, exploring the more cosmic and ambient style of Ash Ra tempel, naturally a slow start, with spacy minimalistic sounds that lingers on for about 10 minutes, with the introduction of the distant drums the song slowely but surely pushes itself into form, with nice guitarlines and compelling angelic choir. (always reminds me of Enio Moricone, probably something form Once upon the Time In the West).

Generally I don't like soft quite spacy ambient recordings, and that's what most of this album is about, with only Darkness displaying my more favourite style (little frantic and intens), but this album always leaves me behind, sitting in silence for a little while after hearing the final notes and just enjoying the calmness that has overcome me.

Very good album, with great music and fabulous soundscapes. Only for those into this type of music, so approach with caution. the first two songs are rather energetic, the last song is 20 minutes of calmly moving waves of bliss. I find it hard to rate this with four stars, though maybe I should, 3,5 will do them justice, but I'll leave it at three. listen yourself.

tuxon | 3/5 |


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