Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Exponent - Upside Down (1974)

The one and only album from this German band.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of drums, bass, guitars, flute, keyboards and vocals.

Exponent is one of those obscure German bands who released their album as a private pressing. The German retro-release album picked up this album again and re-released it in 2014 as a CD with a bonus live track. 

The album has been lumped into this krautrock genre. 

There are some hints of moog and lots of organs here. The flute and guitar solos is also here. There is a lot of vocals too. Very good vocals too.

The music is a mix of Eloy and...... Caravan. Krautrock meets the Canterbury scene. The rock parts of the Canterbury scene, that is.

The four compositions is long. The shortest one of theme clocks in at six and a half minutes. Two of them clocks in at nine minutes while the longest one is an almost twenty minutes long opus.  

Garden Of Delights has done a great job on cleaning up the sound here and even the bonus live track has a good sound.

These three quarters of an hour leaves no doubts that this is a true hidden gem in the German krautrock scene. And the music is krautrock. 

Get this album if a mix of Eloy and Caravan floats your boats. 

3.5 points



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