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5 stars Addictive experiments created with vacancy around them and madness deeply in them, and the key essence should be a mixture of musical dissonance and atmospheric disturbance.

Of course this fact mentioned above can be heard all over the album indeed, but firstly listening to the titled track does notify us unrefined flute palpitation with scattered keyboard steps upon manic rhythm section preachers, as though a leader of Swedish Krautrock combo Deaf. And yup, even upon plaintive-flute-based slightly poppy track "Love Sketch" we can get drenched in something strange musically).

Furthermore, such an obvious discrepancy from 60s psychedelic pop / rock scene (where the three frontmen had played) can remind us fascinating fractures into Krautrock soundscape definitely. This amazing phenomenon can be heard even in their shortest track "Childhood's End", whilst they would have squeezed their tremendous intention that childish pop (called as "Childhood" by them) would come to an "End") into our mind, I guess. On the contrary, "Childsomg" kicks us away into "real" child fantasy, flooded with yells / shouts of active children plus cool, clean windchimes ... this contrast, what we cannot have an experience as usual, is beyond expression.

Various elements with technically bulky sound effects and kaleidoscopically colourful tape controls for experimentalism, far from tiny psychedelic pop scene in those days (especially upon one of their masterpieces "Lost Angel Proper St.", not simply keyboard-based psychedelic but very devilish garagey one really). The last explosion "The Empire Of Light" sounds the most Kraut-y of all the album ... based upon weird atmosphere ambience, keen / bombastic electric piano voices are launched directly into our inner space, that apparently be suitable for the end of their show.

It can be said they had created their mysterious originality in the album and stood in the vanguard of late-60s US experimental rock scene, even if they sound to have got magnificently inspired by 60s psychedelic rock pioneers like The Beach Boys or The Beatles.

By the way, let me say this album was released in 1969, just when I was born. For me, this album should be as unforgettable as Abbey Road, actually. A Krautrock masterpiece I'm sure.

DamoXt7942 | 5/5 |


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