Friday, June 19, 2015

Krautzone "Spiritual Retreat"

Country: Germany
Genre(s): Instrumental, Psychedelic, Space Rock
LabelSulatron Records
Release date: June 19, 2015
1. Spiritual Retreat Part One (22:48)
2. Spiritual Retreat Part Two (21:52)

Total Time 44:40

Sula Bassana (Electric Moon, Zone Six) - synthies, organ
Komet Lulu (Electric Moon, Zone Six) - drums
Modulfix (Zone Six) - synthies
Onkel Kaktus - bass
Rainer Neeff (The Pancakes, Zone Six) - guitar
Baba Lali - cosmic atmosphere and dancing

Side A opens in stoned, grooving cosmic mode, and gradually picks up the pace as the fuzzed out and acidic elements mesh with one another and the buzzing and tinkling effects provide an alien presence. I like the free-wheeling Space-Blues and generally brain scrambling jamming from the guitars as the music trips along steadily in stoned, doomy space. Later the music transitions to a freakier passage where the organ is pulsating, the guitar is cranking out wailing and bubbling, spaced out angst licks, and the rhythm section is maintaining a slowly propulsive march that eventually starts to rock harder but not much faster as things go cosmically quiet for the Side A wind down. Side B picks right up and quickly develops into a spacey Psychedelic Pink Floyd mode, at first having a deep space Shine On Your Crazy Diamond vibe and then morphing into an extra lysergic Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun groove with spaced out and acid crashing guitars and eerie oscillating organ lines, creating one big atmospheric and effects laden voyage.
 Read the full review by Jerry Kranitz at aural-innovations.com


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