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43 MINUTEN

Os Mundi

 

Eclectic Prog

3.60 | 32 ratings

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Music By Mail
3 stars This second album by the German Os Mundi appeared at a politically charged time (the terrorist attack during the Olympic Games in Munich, the raising of left wing political fractions, etc...), which is reflected in the lyrics (the singing is in English). Musically speaking, the album is a much eclectic beast that in turns will outline various styles and ideas: kraut rock elements are to be found in the long and repetitive jamming, where a simple bass riff gives the basis for the soloists to bring the tune to new heights; let's note especially the superb flute solo on "Children's Games", backed by some very supportive congas, shakers, cow bell and wah-wah guitar and - as said - the bass riff on which all is built up. Other tunes bring us closer to southern rock, with plain song structures and the necessary vocals going along (the singing treatment in "Children's Games" amazingly reminding of John Wetton in King Crimson). Psychedelism is also present (the beginning and end of "Triple" reminding slightly of early Kevin Ayers with Soft Machine, with their hit "We Did It Again"). It wouldn't be fair not to mention the cello playing of Mikro Rilling, not only adding an extra colour (sometimes together with the flute) but also an unusually bite (for that time). The saxophonist and flutist are throughout infusing a jazz and soul spirit to the music, while the use of odd meters (7/4, 9/4 spotted) or sudden changes of themes will ravish the proggers among you. Add a few ballads, guitars shining evenly in quiet or hot moments, organs here and there .... yes .... a very happy and eclectic album indeed!
Music By Mail | 3/5 |

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