Exposé Online banner

Anscha — Anscha
((Not on label) Anscha Records, 2000, CD)

by Jerry Baiden, Published 2001-03-01

Anscha Cover art

This is a very good example of good “musical” ideas ruined by an out-of-control singer. “Musical,” here meaning instrumental ideas. The vocalizations of the singer, Andreas Hagen, simply overwhelm the listening experience with a cluttering confusion, killing off any hope for a substantive statement from this band. Hagen’s vocalizations are indecipherable gibberish, sometimes sounding like he’s singing while flapping his lips with his index finger. He actually never sings a recognizable word even in his native tongue of German. The instrumentalists, Robert Fechtig (bass, guitars), Andreas Ruf (keyboards), and Christian Donfeld (drums) are very good on their own. They have a jazz-fusion sound with nice ideas and chord changes throughout. Unfortunately, it’s the vocalist’s band, and for this reason, this CD of over 68 minutes makes for an incredibly tedious listen.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 21, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Anscha

Latest news

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Oysterband - Here I Stand – Oysterband (originally The Oyster Band) has been making music in their own unique and developing style for more than a decade. I would hesitate to call them a post-punk equivalent of Fairport...  (2000) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues