Friday 12 October 2018
Popol Vuh - Das Hohelied Salomos (1975)
The sixth album from this German band.
Popol Vuh was a trio on this album with a lineup of electronics, percussion, guitars, piano and soprano vocals.
The band had help from two guest musicians who provided tabla and sitar.
This band is one of the most legendary bands from the krautrock scene. And also let me add; the electronic prog scene. Their first two albums were electronic prog. They moved over to a more ambient landscape after that.
They also did a lot of original movie sound tracks after a while.
This album is not a movie soundtrack, though.
This album is softly spoken with faint soprano vocals over some piano, percussion, guitars and the occasional sitar and tabla. That's it, really.
The first half is good to very good. There are some enthralling melody lines and soprano vocals here. The middle part is a bit of a miss before the album ends very well with some great guitars and vocals.
The cover art-work also gives the game away here. This is quite a delightful half an hour long album which has a lot going for it. It is a bit on the pedestrian side and the melodies could had been better.
Nevertheless, this is a good album and one to check out.