Psychedelic Pig The latest in a long line of excavated rarities from the golden age of KrautrockDamenbart's storied and obscure album finally gets Blumen Im Haar - Damenbart - Impressionen 71 proper CD reissue on the Psychedelic Pig label.
Though the album, true to its namesake, was recorded init never saw the light of release untilwhen it was issued on the DOM Elchklang label. The tapes for the legendary unreleased album were Blumen Im Haar - Damenbart - Impressionen 71 to Dr. Damenbart was a trio consisting of Erwin Bauer Fever Of Love - Sweet* - Fever Of Love synthesizer, organ and guitar; Bernd Barth on synthesizer, effects and vocals; and Tina S.
Their sound was unpredictable and mercurial, characterized by thick, amorphous atmospheres formed by layers of droning synths and stacks of overdubbed vocals, with intermittent forays into rhythm and frequent left turns into cavernous, echoplexed noise. Impressionen '71 is the literal wet dream-cum-reality for fetishists of German progressive and kosmische, encompassing all the outre' musical elements that collectors yearn for.
At about the six-minute mark, aggressive Eight A.M. - Inverse Room - Pieces For The Left Hand: 100 Songs of battering-ram noise signal a brutal descent into a barrage of industrial rhythms.
It's actually amazing how much Damenbart's proto-industrial noise has in common with the later strategies of 80s underground artists like HNAS and others.
In fact, their gothic-tinged synthesizers sound positively anachronistic at times, forcing me to wonder if Damenbart were somehow able to get hold of prototypes of technology that wouldn't be on the market for at least a decade hence.
In addition to the four long tracks of the original LP, the CD also includes four bonus tracks unearthed from the same recording sessions. Impressionen '71 certainly earns its reputation as one of Krautrock's long-lost gems, not least because the whole thing is a very ingenious hoax perpetrated by Heemann and Khan. HNAS are, in fact, the true musicians behind the album, and they created everything from photos and biographies of the band, to extensive press notes, in an attempt to put one over on unsuspecting Kraut enthusiasts.
Way to go, guys.