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Brast Burn



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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars BRAST BURN were an obscure Japanese band who play in the Krautrock style. This came out in 1975 just as the Krautrock scene was ending. The fact they are included in the famous "Nurse With Wound" list created enough demand that it was re-issued on cd with 1,000 numbered copies being produced. Mine is #713. This album sounds more like Japanese Folk music to me. Mostly acoustic instruments are used as it meanders along. Vocals are pretty much spoken most of the time. Actually I imagine myself sitting around a camp fire out in the country in Japan listening to these guys do their thing. I'm far from home and uncomfortable. I feel a connection with Krautrock like it's part of me, but for some reason I don't with this, it's strange but not in a good way. It's divided into two long suites each well over 20 minutes in length.

Sounds slowly rise to the surface on "Debon Part 1". Spoken words 2 1/2 minutes in as vocals melodies come in. He's kind of groaning as he continues to speak after 7 minutes. Everything stops before 10 minutes as the wind starts to blow. Tambourine-like sounds come in replacing the wind. Other sounds come and go then the wind comes back. Water sounds too. A change after 16 1/2 minutes the church bell-like sounds come in. Sliegh bell-like sounds too with percussion. Flute follows then more wind. Tambourine is back.

"Debon Part 2" opens with the birds chirping as bells and other sounds come in. It's fuller 3 minutes in with wind. It changes 9 minutes in as barely sung vocals come in with percussion. Accordion-like sounds come in too. It changes again around 15 minutes. Electric guitar for the first time for about a minute. Much better ! Drugged out vocals come in then it turns chaotic very briefly to end it.

Maybe i've just heard too much Krautrock over the years but this does little for me at all. I feel no connection. If the Krautrock spirit is here I missed it completely. 3 stars out of respect for "The list".

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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