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ZWAI

Häx Cel

 

Krautrock

3.12 | 18 ratings

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ALotOfBottle
3 stars Talk about obscure bands? Well, Germany has definitely got some in store for you. H'x Cel is a very obscure German band that managed to release only one album in the 70's before releasing two more after reformation in the late 90's. The title of this work is slightly of misleading, suggesting that this is group's sophomore effort.

Their music cannot closely be compared to any bands. A little bit of Jethro Tull is there, just a hair of Focus. H'x Cel's material is based prominently on classical music. The interesting thing is that it doesn't feature any direct quotes (as in ELP, Egg or Ekseption), however many of the shapes, moods, ideas from classical music are present. One example of such passage is a strong allusion to "Moonlight Sonata". A characteristic element on many songs from "Zwai" is that a lot of them are based on so called basso lamento, which in short is a type of progression. Bass solos are also a common practice on this album. The music is interesting, but a bit boring, self-repeating and monotone. An Ian Anderson-like flute is probably the main instrument, compensating for the lack of guitar. Keyboards (in most cases a piano, sometimes organ and a touch of a harpsichord) sit in the background, rarely showing their true claws. Highlights of the album are "Albinioni", "Bouree" and "Julius Cesar".

Overall, this is quite an interesting effort with some good moments. It does feel very obscure. It should definietly please those who like obscure gems and fans of classical-edged Krautrock. 3 stars!

ALotOfBottle | 3/5 |

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