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Roland H. Wehner - Henfenfeld, Bayern, Germany

A curious and totally uncontrolled musical collective from late 70s German Underground. Their unique musical universe includes Bucolic, semi theatrical hypno-ish sound ritualism and others tripped out free-rockin improvs. Sounds like a jam meeting session between Clark Hutchinson, Flute & Voice and some krauty experiments from Dom, Sergius Golowin (...)

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4.38 | 7 ratings
Lottery Of Memories
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Truth About Suzanne

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 Lottery Of Memories by SWARA SAMRAT album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.38 | 7 ratings

Lottery Of Memories
Swara Samrat Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I'm not surprised to see Damo giving this an enthusiastic 5 star review. This band out of Germany created a dirty sounding Psychedelic beauty. Distorted guitar all over the place plus some great sounding bass. We do get organ but it's not nearly as prominent as the other instruments. Vocals are in English and they have character. This is a trippy record that is quite intoxicating. I loved it from the first spin. This is a little different lets put it that way. Roland Wehner is the leader and owner of the Coloured Rain label with a marijuana leaf as it's symbol like Garden Of Delights. On the back of the recording it says "Warning: This record contains some secret and mysterious messages and a number of top ten hits."

That opener is my favourite and a good song to sample to hear what they sound like. It's called "Walkin' On The Beach" and it's trippy and repetitive with vocals and guitar over that drum and bass foundation. Great sounding tune. I really like "Angelina" too at almost 10 minutes. Again this can be trippy and repetitive. Percussion and a calm at 5 minutes then back to the hypnotizing music. "Hello Goodbye" has some upfront organ for a change along with guitar to start. It settles as vocals and distorted guitar standout. Another winner as the vocals come and go.

"Samba For Lisa" is different with the acoustic guitar being added to the electric. The different percussion sounds too along with experimental sounds. If that song was a little different then so is the title track with the pan flute and guitar expressions. Exotic is the word. Vocals too and there's so much going on here. The closer features a lot of orchestral sounds making side two quite different from side one.

I highly recommend this to Krautrock and Psychedelic fans out there.

 Lottery Of Memories by SWARA SAMRAT album cover Studio Album, 1994
4.38 | 7 ratings

Lottery Of Memories
Swara Samrat Krautrock

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

5 stars I've got shocked, and immersed in really. Stumbled upon a obscure track "Lottery Of Memories" by a Krautrock killer Swara SAMRAT via YouTube, that completely knocked me out. Very soon I've searched his album (vinyl) but the mission could not be done easily ... what a rare gem. As for such an explosive paranoia, I've already had a similar experience via "Cosmic Kraut Experience" by Merlin, Swara, Ilor And Friends. "Lottery Of Memories" should be considered as another incarnation of Swara's multi-dimensional Krautrock authority.

In this sense, the titled track "Lottery Of Memories" can be called as his masterpiece, I'm sure. Based upon oriental vibes and movements filled with sitar shower and ritualistic percussion, crazy pan flute flames and technodelic inorganic electronika keep dancing around and around. Swara's voices are convoluted like dragon rising to the heaven, and drive the audience mad like a psychoactive substance. Excessive, energetic, eccentric surrealism could be heard ... such a massive sound effect has not be experienced until now.

"Walkin' On The Beach" is not only a melodically of delicious pop indeed, but also flooded with impressive crooked guitar sounds and ethnically tribally danceable percussion. Mysterious electronic footprints can give weird, psychic herb flavour into the sound colour. Sounds like Swara would shout he'd let us touch not simple rock texture but complicated sound collective produced fully with his initiative. "Angelina" has bluesy, deep, heavy touches full of exaggerated dissonant hard-edged guitar enthusiasm. Another psychedelia can invade into our mind. The guitar plays are so sensual enough to absorb the audience inside. Via "Hello Goodbye", we can grab some musical essence ... pop, ambient, psychedelia ... it's fine even that each element repels another, like oil and water. Don't imagine the same titled song by The Beatles lol.

Sounds likewise via the following samba "Samba For Lisa", with crooked electronic ambience and mad guitar daemon behind it. Suppose this vision might have been Swara's music identity or attitude for the world. It might not be bad for the audience, but simultaneously we would be afraid he should have needed such a quirkiness all around. On the other hand, the last "A Kind Of Loneliness" is a magnificent sound experiment. Colourful melodic, tunic variation should burst out, battled and be merged, be unified, and be melted. Sweet dissonance of full volume is comfortable for us, and sound confusion gives a dreamy dream to our brain. Just like a French experimental commune Semool, or a weird music actor Mahogany Brain.

In conclusion, we should have an interpretation that Swara has merged 70s pop essence into authentic Krautrock material. This is his vectorial, I can mention here?

Thanks to philippe for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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