Label: Independent Release
Release Date: 2014
In the musical ether that exists between the Space Rock and Ambient-Industrial is the music know by the vexing name Krautrock. Borrowing from a German musical conclave of sounds this sub-genre of the Progressive Rock scene has a strong and vibrant following both of the performance and listening side of the fence. Enter Hedersleben an Oakland California based band consisting of; Kephera Moon (keyboards, vocals), Bryce Shelton (bass), Kati Knox (guest vocal), Nicky Garratt (guitar) and Jason Willer (drums). Keen-eyed observers may recognize the name Nicky Garratt as a past member of the UK Subs. Interestingly he says the past year withHedersleben has been his most musically rewarding since 1977. That’s saying a lot.
Die Neuen Welton which means The New Worlds is the band’s latest release and is 100% certifiably music that falls into the Krautrock category. Think of bands like Amon Duul 2, Popol Vuh and Can and you get the picture. There is also a strong, early Pink Floyd element to their music with it’s waves of sonic tones and textures cascading along in hypnotic fashion. Long sustained chords on various vintage sounding keyboards trading ear-space with subdued guitar lines threading their way through the plodding drum and bass lines. This is a breezy, thirty-seven minute listen and is made up of five tracks. The first track “Zu Den Neuen Welten” [17:34] shows itself as the most spacey, with a sound that borrows heavily from the early Floyd vibe. While the other four tracks, all in the four or five minute ranges come across more with Amon Duul 2 feel. Whereas the first track, meanders all over the place with short melody lines overlapping on each other, the later tracks tend to be more syncopated, even rocky in a kind of Ozric Tentacles fashion. There’s even some great Mellotron sound filtered into the mix.
There’s actually a fair bit of sonic variety here with tunes taking advantage of many different feels: from the spaciness of the opening track to the softer acoustic-industrial vibe of “Nomad World” [5:00]. In the end not only is the music trance-like and hypnotic it’s also downright enjoyable, even entertaining. Is it retro or nostalgic? I suppose some might consider it so, but Hedersleben seem to have a very strong grip on the music they wish to create and they do it well. Check them out. Good job!