Gulââb — Veils of Mystery
(Nekropolis NCD 006, 1993, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 1994-08-01Rarely do I receive a recording that makes me stand up and take notice. My jaded and tired ears perked up as I flew my astral plane while playing Veils of Mystery. What's this you ask, a trip to Nirvana via Peter Frohmader's Nekropolis label, the label noted for dark, ponderous, avant garde music? Stranger things have happened. The beautiful eastern-influenced music contained herein hearkens back to Witthuser and Westrupp's Der Jesus Pilz or Yatha Sidhra's A Meditation Mass. There is also a golden thread of contemporary ambiance running throughout the 76 minutes that never falls prey to New Age. Gulââb (Nepali word for rose flower) spent three years refining his spherical sound in Nepal by playing acoustic guitar in a restaurant for such luminaries as Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner, and the King of Nepal. Using acoustic guitars, flutes, African percussion, sitars, and occasional synthesizers Gulââb guides you on a serene pilgrimage to the mountain top. Interestingly enough Peter Frohmader plays synths and samplers yet if I hadn't told you, you would never have guessed! This uplifting CD is one truly amazing musical experience guaranteed to soothe the savage breast. Just feast your eyes on the track titles: " Interstellar Sunrise," "Rainy Day in Moscow," "Oracle," "Diana," Dance of the Nymphs," "Midnight Bazaar," "Herode's Dream," "Dwarfs," "Styx," "Silver Star," "Tahiti," "Time's Tribute," "Ride through Hades," "Sphinx," and "Morpheus." Veils of Mystery is one of the best, most unexpected, and unusual releases of the past 12 months. Highly Recommended.
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more