Wednesday 4 June 2008

SIDDHARTHA - Weltschmerz ( German Psych Prog 1975 )

When Siddhartha originally recorded their only album in 1975, no label would commit to the uncompromising weirdness of the music from these art rockers. Weltschmerz starts off with "Looking in the Past," a track that goes from brash proto-new wave with female vocals, to laid-back psychedelic guitar rock, to hyper, keyboard-driven prog, and then into strange space rock territory with a chorus and finally back to the driving proto-punk. Siddhartha doesn't try to fit any niche too comfortably -- Pink Floyd-ian space rock, to Emerson-like symph-rock keyboard workouts, to psychedelic guitar solos, to haunting violin over a lush keyboard bed, to cosmic folk with acoustic guitar and flute. Siddhartha works against predictability as they pull one musical rabbit after another out of their hat, with strange song structures in between long instrumental passages of melodic beauty. Siddhartha is a difficult group to pigeonhole, if you are so inclined; however, for those who don't like their music pigeonholed, Weltschmerz is a wonderful treat.

Tracklist :
1. Looking In The Past (6:11)
2. Tanz Im Schnee (5:13)
3. Times Of Delight (7:09)
4. Weit Weg (12:18)
5. Gift Of The Fool (6:39)

Line-up :
Martin Morike / organ, piano, vocals
Klaus Hermann / drums
Gerhard Kraus / violin, vocals
Eberhard Muller / guitar
Klaus Scharff / bass
Gabi Rossmanith / vocals (1)
Iris Rothermel / flute
Lothar Mattlinger / tuba (4)

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Another masterpiece in the history of krautrock !!!


Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!

Anonymous said...

Great kraut album.
Thank you very much!