E-MUSIKGRUPPE LUX OHR: Jenseits der Mauer des Schlafes (2015)
Updated: Feb 1
“This is a solid track of psychedelic electronic rock which plays constantly on the borders of Krautrock and of Berlin School”
1 Jenseits der Mauer des Schlafes 18:57 Svart Records | SVR417
(DDL/E.P. 18:57) (V.F.) (Krautrock and Berlin School)
Here is a thing which was lying about on my desk and which I almost ignored. Yet, since the excellent Kometenbahn, released in 2013, I had the sting for this band which lead us a few years behind with a psychedelic electronic rock which plays constantly on the borders of Krautrock and of Berlin School. Written in the stride of Spiralo, JENSEITS DER MAUR DES SCHLAFES is part of a common project with the neokraut group Hisko Detria which aims to expose both bands in a wider audience. If the Finnish label Svart Records has launched this new adventure in vinyl, it is however possible to get this album in digital format on the Bandcamp page of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr.
Carillons evaporate their ringings in droplets of stagnant water, whereas a line of riffs (tchoo-tchoo) chops boorishly the introductory atmospheres of Jenseits der Mauer des Schlafes, a title which is inspired by a short story of H.P. Lovecraft entitled Beyond the Wall of Sleep. Nothing gets lost in the universe of E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr! If the carillons are running away towards the limbo, their imprints remain always present and ring cheerfully on the handle of a bass of which the spheroidal notes roam and crawl upright, bringing heaviness and swiftness to a charmingly jerky and deliciously hypnotic figure of rhythm. An E-Bow is painting the whole thing with plaintive sighs and weeping solos whereas the synth calls some solos which roll in loops while crumbling some psychedelic electronic effects. We are in the pure cosmic rock of the Ashra years with this mixture of guitar and synth which make duel, as much in solos and harmonies as in the effects, on a repetitive rhythmic slightly spasmodic where always waltz these ringings which are now join by clinking of percussions a bit metallic. The rhythm loses its escalation at around 9 minutes to dive into the dark atmospheres which are inspired by the book of H.P. Lovecraft. The bass and the percussions roam always in the background. With the effects of the synth, they weave a cabalistic envelope where the voice of Kimi Kärki recites a devilish incantation. The voice becomes voices and the envelope of ambiences becomes more chthonian whereas that little by little the structure of rhythm finds its vigour in a kind of jerky clanic trance where the psychedelic effects dominate the electronic ambiences. A very good track which wins all its flavor with a good headphone set and which proves that the Finland band of underground EM is far from being a flash in the pan.
Sylvain Lupari (April 28th, 2016) ***½**
Availaible at E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr Bandcamp