Sunday 18 August 2019

Emma Myldenberger - Tour De Trance (1978)

The second album from this German band.

The band was a sextet with a lineup of mandolin sitar, guitar, contrabass, percussion, drums, winds, flute, banjo, glockenspiel and vocals.

This band is one of those obscure krautrock bands who released three albums at the end of the 1970s and then disappeared. I only got this album so I cannot really say much more about this band.

Krautrock is a strange, esoteric genre. So I was well prepared. But this album is more weird and esoteric than the vast majority of the other krautrock albums.

Take a bit of Amon Duul, add a lot of banjo and mandolin sitar. Add some more folk rock again and some more primitive psych rock. Then you get this album. An album re-released through Garden Of Delight not so many years ago. A well worth re-release.

There is even a lot of medieval folk rock here. Well, that is what the folk rock is. The vocals are both female and male.

The music feels medieval and from some monastery ruins. It has this earthly feeling.

The sound is also downtuned and does not have many electrical instruments. It is a rather acoustic album.

The music is decent enough and a bit lacking in quality. That said, I believe a lot of my friends will like this album. It is indeed a hidden gem....

2 points

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