Lang'syne appear to be another one-album wonder as they released an amazing self titled folk album in 1976. Lang'syne sing in English and their brand of folk bares little resemblance to the earlier kraut-folk bands like Broselmaschine, Emtidi, Holderlin, and Witthuser & Westrupp. Throughout the album, there are small touches of a German and Eastern ethnic feel to the music, but for the most part their sound is a bit more Anglo influenced. Many of the lyrics and much of the music appear to have a dark, longing quality which results in the album sounding a bit mystical, and occasionally even Renaissance-style.
The standout track is the instrumental 'Cynghanedd'. 'Cynghanedd' begins like an Eastern-influenced ballad, or "Melodie der Natur" as described in the CD sleeve. This track utilizes natural sound of birds and insects and ends with an interesting interplay of 'dueling'-guitar chord sequences. Another track worth mentioning is 'Medina' which has sporadic touches of Witthuser and Westrupp sprinkled throughout.
1. Medina (8:29)
2. Morning (3:32)
3. Changing (6:46)
4. Cynghanedd (7:49)
5. A Very Sarcastic Song (6:43)
6. Carnivore (4:02)
7. Mignon (1:51)
8. Lady Mary (3:48)
Edbert Froese - Guitar, Keyboard, Vocals, Sitar, Psalter
Matthias Mertler - Guitar, Vocals, Percussion, Glockenspiel
Ulrich Nahle - Flute, Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
Link : http://rapidshare.com/files/105046803/Langsyne.zip.html
Besides Emtidi and Broselmaschine, this is one of my three favorite german psych-folk albums !