Exposé Online banner

Radio Noisz Ensemble — Yniverze
(Garden of Delights CD 148, 1982/2009, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2018-07-05

Yniverze Cover art

I've always been drawn to one thread that came out of 60s music, a thing we often call world fusion or a hundred of other terms more or less meant to distill the essence of music that tends to have a wider array of instrumentation across cultures. This is often created to contrast it to Western rock, folk, and jazz but once you become familiar with a lot of groups that work in these fields, Between, Oregon, Third Ear Band, and Aktuala for example, then at the very least you can envision a theme that runs through them all, perhaps all the way back to the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows." Germany's Radio Noisz Ensemble fits quite comfortably in this milieu — they were an offshoot of the folk group Emma Myldenberger who verged in a noticeably Oregon-like direction with the increase in oboe leads. Like a lot of groups working in this area, the percussion tended more frequently to hand drums and the like, which tended to give everything an intimate feel. Radio Noisz Ensemble covered a lot of territory, starting off the album with a more breezy sound before going into somewhat darker areas later in the album but all of it is fascinating, with lots of carefully crafted melodies that become quite memorable over many listens. Over time it has ended up as a favorite, something that pulls me in every time I revisit.


Filed under: Reissues, 2009 releases, 1982 recordings

Related artist(s): Radio Noisz Ensemble

Latest news

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Barclay James Harvest - XII – Keyboardist Wooly Wolstenholme’s last studio recording with BJH was a mixed bag of ideas that showed how he had reached a cross roads with the group he helped form in 1968. Songwriting style changes...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues