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Attempt To Restore



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4 stars Kinda fantastic atmospheric soundgarden. A German one-off project ATTEMPT TO RESTORE (what a great moniker really) expressed one and only existence with a creation entitled "Alpha Collection 1." released in 1993, where they should have tried to get over the authentic pioneers of Krautrock like Guru Guru or Ash Ra Tempel. We don't know what is their real purpose upon launching such a unique item because of too little information about them, but can understand their spiritual passages into space, nature, environment, and atmosphere whilst listening to such a so-called unplanned production. Basically they featured four basic instruments in the rock scene - guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums - and completed their material with environmental sound or noise, for summarizing their psychic intentions. Kinda clear aura can be heard here and there overall.

This album "Alpha Collection 1." (no following one actually) consists of three long dispatchments. All tracks might be played and produced in an improvisational manner. Their play technique itself is not so good nor impressive indeed, but sorta mysterious charm should be around them. The first shot "In The City" sounds like the bustle of a big city plus idle, nonresistant citizens living there. Much flexibility and improvisation in their melody lines by guitars and keyboards based upon relaxing rhythmic turfs should confuse us apparently. Noises of cars, ambulances, baby cries, or wind blowing drive us sorrowful. Wonderfully they expressed the city appearance without any special issue, by their superb innovative musical style. The very last phase reminds us the city would be collapsed quietly under a sandstorm. The following track "Breath" has more and more slow-tempo and lazy, freaky sound messages filled with psychedelic, hallucinogenic hints. The whole musical phenomena full of dreamy texture would lean towards Can's Bel Air. Smooth, rough, swift, or accelerated breath by human beings or dogs (?) gives this tranquilizing song flowery psychic mushroom-y agents. In the middle part we can hear obvious Kraut-y jazzy inspiration. The latter compartment fully with loud stormy noises sounds like respiratory distress or obstructive manner. Wondering if it might be only me who get strongly influenced by such tough vibes? The last suite "Alpha" should be their main dish in this creation. There are much more lyrical sounds and noises deeply in this track than the two previous ones. Dissonant, dissected melodic temperature is so energetic enough for us to get filled with heartwarming gasoline. At a quick listen, it sounds like that every single member plays their instrument upon their own attitude. It's correct but it's also incorrect. Each phrase in pieces should be collected with others and created to a big sound mountain. The last run is a killer flooded with keyboard-oriented psychedelic aroma and repetitive guitar attacks, plus various atmospheric noises, painful breathing, explosively broken sound collective.

Definitely by orthodox Krautrock successors we can call them. It's a shame they ended up as a one-off project really.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |


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