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2.40 | 9 ratings | 4 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In The Bushes (4:56)
2. Start Our Fuzzy Dreams (5:45)
3. Fewa Blues (3:01)
4. Velvet (3:18)
5. Hornet In A Bee's Basket (3:02)
6. Synthetic Heaven (3:35)
7. Visit From Town (6:12)
8. Strings (6:38)
9. Camel Trophy Through Seven Dirty Puddels (5:56)
10. Sailor's Dream (10:17)
11. Skating In Moonlight (3:54)
12. Desert Nights (10:35)
13. Gefudel For The End (1:49)

Total Time: 68:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Dita Lasser / guitar, bass, keyboard, lead vocals, sounds
- Ernst Matscheko / drums, percussion, bass, delay, sounds
- Adi Nimmerfall / flute, keyboards
- Werner Katzmair / guitar
- E.P. Kirch / bass, guitar, vocals

Releases information

Recorded 1981, remastered 2005

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
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IXTHULUH What's The Name reviews

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars Laying things to rest

"What's the name" was the last album recorded by the enigmatic band "Ixthuluh". Once again, the band's core members bring in the odd guest, and "borrow" instruments to help them in their quest. The tracks were recorded in a single take live, but the recording methods and equipment used (one tape recorder) lead to an unsatisfactory quality of sound.

The music once again consists of the improvisational Krautrock the band favour. We open with a dull percussion solo "In the bushes", which is thank fully sub-titled "Short version"! The album really starts therefore with "Start our fuzzy dreams", a simple guitar riff with mumbled and distorted vocals. "Fewa Blues" is the first chance we get to experience something slightly more refined, the pleasant guitar being supported by some atmospheric keyboards.

There are, perhaps inevitably, some impenetrable indulgences here. "Hornet in a bees basket" is complete nonsense, devoid of anything remotely musical. The keyboards return though for "Synthetic heaven", another pleasantly atmospheric piece with strong bass. "Visit from town" is the hardest track on the album, with an orthodox rock beat and some bluesy feedback guitar.

"Strings" is an unexpectedly delicate run through an acoustic instrumental. The playing is rudimentary, but the overall effect is satisfactory. "Camel trophy through seven dirty puddles" is a more adventurous lead guitar improvisation, which tends to ramble somewhat but at least offers some excitement.

Of the longer tracks, "Sailor's dream" is a 10 minute piece, which is based on ambient keyboard sounds with drifting lead guitar. It is actually a decent performance, marred only by the dubious quality of the recording. The similarly long "Desert nights" features Adi Nimmerfall on flute. The piece continues the relaxed, ambient atmosphere of "Sailor's dream", the flute adding a welcome extra dimension.

While "What's the name" continues to demonstrate Ixthuluh's alarming lack of quality control, both in terms of sound and substance, it is a better album over all than those which preceded it. The laid back atmosphere of a number of the tracks makes for a more accessible and acceptable listen, although it is necessary to skip across some of the more outlandish indulgences.

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2 stars Bootleg quality. Recorded with a 2-track tape recorder and cheap microphones. But some totally freaked out songs, far more better than many studio recordings. This isn't Ixthuluhs best album surely, but despite the low-fi-sound quality, it does capture Ixthuluh at a very unusual and crazy phase i ... (read more)

Report this review (#74241) | Posted by slush | Thursday, April 6, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This album is pleasure and imposition together, you sometimes have the impression that the musicians deride the listener. Anyhow they take no consideration and play a music which is once so blandishing and intuitive like " Sailors Dream " or " Desert Nights " and then, again, rumbling, unpolished ... (read more)

Report this review (#71744) | Posted by | Sunday, March 12, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The last album of Ixthuluh leaves a mixed impression. Near some krautrock pearls like "Camel Trophy" or "Gefudel For The End" is also found average. Unfortunately, some absolutely strong pieces also suffer from the bad recording quality, like "Sailor's Dream" or "Velvet". The album, nevertheles ... (read more)

Report this review (#71500) | Posted by golowin | Thursday, March 9, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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