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Sean Trane
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3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Deuter's second album is slightly different than his then-stunning debut, but by no means any less essential. Still working alone, this album is less electronics than its predecessor but still have many tape effects. The slide is noticeable towards a more New Age sound, but nothing that obvious either. No long tracks on this one, rather a succession of short tracks that still point towards early Popol Vuh or Tangerine Dream.

A second release done after further travelling out in the mid-east, his next album (from my information will not come until 76, but by that time Celebration (the album's name), the full- blown New Age sound is present. He will have a long career in that (rather vacuous, IMHO) style.

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Posted Tuesday, May 23, 2006 | Review Permalink
4 stars Deuter follows up his debut album `D' with a change of scene and spiritual inspiration; travelling to India to make music had a profound effect. This time, armed with a 4- trackmachine and a customsfriendly EMS suitcase synth, Deuter lays down an album of light meditative beauty. The parallels with Popol Vuh's music are audible, although one is quite prepared to give either the benefit of the doubt as to who influenced was everyone's `trip' to go to India in those days.

The album flows from start to finish in and out of bright sitar-led pieces, beautifully recorded ocean sounds, and spacious guitar figures, underpinned by the aforementionned synth providing electronic drones and decoration here and there.

For 1972 this is incredibly ahead of it's time, it has a joyful spiritual centre a long way from the cliched wallpaper `New Age' music would eventually become. If you're looking for a rich, texturally beautiful late night album this might well be the one. There is a lightness and flow which add up toa sumptuous whole and never is it less than stimulating and captivating. The spirit of peace that Deuter found in India (to the extent that he found his own guru, and was able to use his dwelling as a studio) shines through on this sparkling album, which like the cover sounds blue, oceanic and genuinely blissful.

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Posted Saturday, October 23, 2010 | Review Permalink
2 stars The second album by Deuter, Aum, sees the composer embracing influences from Indian music and incorporating them into a largely bland New Age framework. Penultimate track Susani is the odd man out here, exploring as it does dark ambient realms which remind me a little of some of Brian Eno's work later in the decade, but it's not quite enough to justify the tepid, featureless, uninspired material that surrounds it. Nor does Deuter's use of ideas from Indian music ever quite come across as authentic; in fact, it feels like a gimmick. The album isn't outright incompetent, but at the same time I can't strongly recommend it.
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Posted Saturday, August 13, 2011 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Georg Deuter is a German born instrumentalist who has released more than sixty albums to date since beginning his musical journey back at the start of the early Seventies. He is mostly associated with New Age and meditation music these days, but at the very start of his career, his first few releases were firmly in the Krautrock mold, where rough-around-the-edges ethnic instrumentation blended with organ, electronics and both electric and acoustic guitar passages. His classic 1971 debut `D' favoured lengthy psychedelic and avant-garde sound collages, whereas this follow up `Aum' a year later focused on a variety of shorter eastern-flavoured fragments (although the two sides of the vinyl run continuously together as suites of music) with strong world music elements. It's a different approach to his first disc, even holding a frequent dark ambience in several spots, yet it's no less captivating, and just as much a defining Krautrock work as that precious debut remains.

Opening with a storm crackle, `Phoenix' begins the first set with faraway acoustic strums, flighty recorder and field recordings of nature weaving together warmly, plodding bass and gentle percussion rising around eerie drones, groaning sitar, chant-like wavering voices and bubbling electronics. The second suite takes up the remaining first side, starting with maddening tribal-like drumming over a cold machine-like hum that turns oddly calming and soothing as it progresses, before moving through reverberating pristine slivers that pierce the air to finally culminate in grinding sitar strains.

`Soma' begins the third and final suite, taking up the entire twenty-one minute second side. Calming ocean waves lap behind spirited acoustic guitar ruminations, frantic driving percussion runs merge with droning electronics, pulsing bass and reaching electric guitar bursts weave through glacial ethereal hums. Crystalline chimes shimmer amongst rustling hand-percussion rapture until a final dance of sitar full of spiritual ecstasy brings the inner journey to a close.

Most of Deuter's Seventies and early Eighties albums would still offer intelligent and hypnotic compositions, but as that decade continued, he would gradually reign in the headier, lysergic Krautrock qualities, replacing them with calmer moods that would come to be associated with the then emerging New Age genre, even if they were still impeccably written and performed. But it's in these early works that the real magic remains, and with especially both `D' and `Aum' here, we experience a fractured glimpse of a thoughtful, inspired artist with a timeless musical vision.

Four stars.

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Posted Tuesday, March 1, 2016 | Review Permalink

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