Monday, February 23, 2015

Popol Vuh - 1971 - In den Garten Pharaos

Popol Vuh
In den Garten Pharaos

01. In den Gärten Pharaos (17:37)
02. Vuh (19:48)

CD (2004) bonuses:
03 Kha-White Structures 1 10:14
04 Kha-White Structures 2 10:09

- Florian Fricke / Moog synthesizer, organ, Fender electric piano
- Betina / cymbals, production
- Frank Fiedler / Moog synthesizer, mixdown
- Holger Trülzsch / African & Turkish percussion

In den Garten Pharaos is the second album recorded by Popol Vuh and one of their best. It is a must for those who love the German electronic scene of the seventies. From the same period,It can easily be compared to T.D "Zeit" recordings but incorporates new elements of inspiration as acoustic and tribal percussions. It's in the direct line of their first effort, very spiritual but less weird and chaotic.The title track is something of a hybrid between cosmic music and heritage of world music. It remains very spacey thanks to bizarre sounds obtained with the Moog-synthesizer. Many themes of this title will be record for the Nosferatu album. Played on a church organ, Vuh is unforgettable. From beginning to the end the melodic line is built on the same pattern, very repetitive and spiritual, ending to a state of trance.

The two bonus tracks are called Kha-White Structures 1 and 2. They are said to have been previously unreleased. I have no idea via the liner notes the background on this music. The time-frame recorded.. but obviously.. considering the electronic nature of them. Probably recorded around the same time as the original albums. Structures 1 has a distinct arabic feel to it.. definitely Fricke's world music influences coming to the fore on this. In fact... I really do think I found this one to be my favorite of the album.. even more than the original tracks.

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