Friday 20 April 2018

Kalacakra - Crawling To Lhasa (1972)

The debut album from this German band.

Kalacakra was a duo with a lineup of synths, cello, violin, piano, flute, vibraphone, guitar, congas, percussion, harmonica and vocals.

The duo, Heinz Martin and Claus Rauschenbach, released two albums before they split up. This one and the Peace album in 2002.

It would not come as a surprise when I reveal that this is a krautrock album. Some sort of a krautrock, that is.

The music has taken a lot from Indian music. The type of Indian music where you find cobra snakes dancing to the flutes of the brave soul that play the flute.

India meets Germany in a space rock like workout is what this fifty minutes long album is all about.

This is also a decent album with a lot of interesting Indian sounds and moods. The music is a bit on the samey side of the spectrum. Nevertheless, this is an album well worth checking out.

2 points


1 comment:

  1. Side 1 is an absolute beast...a creepy beast at that. The whispered vocals are at times spooky. Raga No 11 is worth the price of admission but there are other very good moments too. Side 2 is weaker but still not terrible.