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3 stars An improvisation trip?

I dont really know, but i have listened to it several times, and im still thinking that those guys gathered one day, and started jamming or something, and took their instruments to make an improvisation album, there are of course some moments that you will notice it was practised many times, but the most of the album shows us a strange ,weird, fine and mind blowing impro sound, also this album is completely instrumental.

I`m not a Krautrock expert at all, so i can`t say if this album keep the rules of a krautrock sound (if there`s a rule), at the same time i can`t recommend it saying that it is recommendable to kraut fans, but anyway here is the review.

"Kabisrain", the first song is obligated to give a good impresion , if so, you will keep listening to the album , but if not, maybe you will create your own limited vision about it, in this case i found this song very challenging, it has a magnific acoustic guitar sound throughout the song, not chords, i mean it doenst have a "rythm" that you would remind because as i said above it sounds like an improvisation, suddenly you will hear keyboards making soft and strange soundscapes, meanwhile guitar is being torn by his fingers, i dont really know if you are understanding my point of view, but i hope, it`s only my feeling.

"Magika" starts a bit faster, with bass, guitars and drums making the same ryhtm at the same time, it sounds more practised at the beggining, but during the song intruments are loosing in it`s own way, you will hear guitar in this side, percussion in the other side, and if you are a musician, you will smile when you listen to this. It has it`s high and lows, also you will find a bit jazzy sound, nice song.

"Light Shining Out of Darkness" is the shortest of them all, here again that spanish guitar returns to kick asses, im not saying that it`s a super sound, but easily i remember Di Meola or Mclaughlin making their guitars shooting us. This is maybe the "happiest" song with also a little folkish passage.

"Time Machine" after the shortest, the longest , the last, and the best song of the album . It starts with a soft drum sound, giving us a clear jazz sound, then guitar and bass enters to the song again like a jazz trio, this is when your mind is tripping, and your senses kneel down to the sound, when the progressive rock and jazz gives you a real reason of why this kind of music is so appreciated and beautiful, a song that you might enjoy a lot, not boring in any part, with a touch of sax, and after a slow tempo, it changes to an "always-playing" sound, the moment where you wont stop moving your head or your feet, i dont know, the fact is that it`s great, it show us clearly the quality of musicians.

So after that, i really liked this album, and i repeat i dont know if that was an improvisation or not, but it`s great, so i`d like to recommend it to any prog fan who wants to experience something different to the "usual" prototype of progressive rock, 3 stars for me, because it is not a masterpiece,nor essential, but why not a good addition. Enjoy your trip!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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