Sankt Otten – Messias Maschine (2013)
Sankt Otten are a German duo formed in 1999 with six studio albums under their belt. On this, their seventh album, the collaborate with numerous artists including Jaki Liebezeit from Can and Anthony Paterra of Zombi and Majeure.
Their sound is on the more electronic side of krautrock/space rock and, at first, I wasn’t taken in with it; until I got to Mach Bitte Dass Es Leiser Wird, which just made everything click. I don’t think I had been listening with the right ears. What an outstanding track: beautiful theremin courtesy of guest musician Miles Brown leads the melody in an instant space rock classic. Lovely synths drive the majority of the tracks and, with deep listening, one is taken on some great astronomical journeys.
While the album is still pretty reserved overall, there are moments of outright beauty and it is a great album, but one that needs to be either completely in the background or intently listened to; there is no half-an-ear to be had here.
Favourite tracks: Mach Bitte Dass Es Leiser Wird, Das Geräusch des Wartens, Nach Dir die Sinnesflut
Spotify link: Sankt Otten – Messias Maschine
Bandcamp link: http://sankt-otten.bandcamp.com/album/messias-maschine
This. Is. Brilliant!
It’s hard to find much information about Goat. Apparently they come from a village in rural Sweden, called Korpilombolo; notable, it seems, only because Goat come from there. Legend tells of a witch-doctor, who came to Korpilombolo after following a hidden message in an ancient text, and settled there, eventually turning the entire village over to voodoo. This was all well and good until the crusaders (obviously a bit lost on the way to the Holy Land) came to the village and burned it down! The fleeing villagers cursed the village and the voodoo curse still stands.
And that is, my friends, how Goat’s debut album World Music got its groove!
On Google maps, Korpilombolo looks a little more mundane, but that is something that could never be said about the album World Music.
This is a layered, pysch-rock/Krautrock album, with tracks delving into African drumming and enigmatic chant on tracks Goatman and Goathead, the latter with additional stoner-rock guitars; to rip-roaring sax and pysch-rock beats on Let it Bleed; polyrhythm funk on Disco Fever; finishing up with the trance-inducing pysch-drone organs of Det Som Aldrig Förändras (which translates to “as it never changes”). Honestly, some of these tracks wouldn’t sound out of place on a Can or Secret Chiefs 3 album.
The whole thing is one awesome funky, crazy-ass album, with instant appeal that you should listen to now… and forever more!
Favourite tracks: Goathead, Let it Bleed, Det Som Aldrig Förändras
Spotify link: http://open.spotify.com/album/2r4u8FPhj16cwpNJCNOjvh