DER BLUTHARSCH AND THE INFINITE CHURCH OF THE LEADING HAND: Joyride LP/CD WKN
Albin Julius returns with some familiar cohorts in the Church of the Leading Hand, on this latest affair, ‘Joyride’; which comes on Black Vinyl, Blue vinyl and compact disc (so there are plenty of options for collectors out there).
Opener, ‘Drive Me Far’ has a touch of the 80’s soundtrack to it, reminding me somewhat of John Carpenter in its simplistic, yet effect atmospherics musically. Marthynna’s vocals add a psychedelic symmetry to the proceedings, in a hypnotic chant fashion.
‘Sea of Love’ utilises a synthetic edge to a somewhat muggy guitar production that works surprisingly well in providing an aged sound to the recording. This follows suit on the trippy ‘Falling out of Time’, relying on its character coming from the vocals alone.
‘Joyride’ has a number of strengths that come from unusual sources. The electronics have been utilised in such a fashion that whilst being overtly modern in sound, revert (speaking in a programming sense) back to another era; to match the 60’s/70’s feel to the guitar work and production that make the listener feel like they’re on one long acid trip. Whilst it’s not an age I take pleasure from musically on a personal level, there is something about this album that hooks me in.
I do prefer Der Blutharsch when they’re at their militaristic best, and this album does end on a high, with the chants flowing like a drone, nodding somewhat martially at other works by Julius. Lovers of Krautrock will lap this album up and as a whole this is pleasing to the ear; I just await something more tangible and solely Der Blutharsch to sink my teeth into.