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Schober's Cabinet — It Is in the Wrong Envelope
(Bam Balam BBCD015, 2012, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01

It Is in the Wrong Envelope Cover artIf this wasn't recorded in 1967, it sure sounds like it was. Lo-fi and hi-psychedelic, the vintage guitar sounds, Farfisa organ, and experimental drug-laced wanderings of the closing track "Tables" provide a seeming authenticity that marks this as somewhere between Syd Barrett era Floyd and the earliest adventures of Hawkwind. Most of the disc is taken up by the nine-part title suite, which in fact is two short more-or-less discrete opening tracks followed by a long 16+ minute segue of four psychedelic cuts, then followed by another three, all totaling around 30 minutes. The mysterious Schober's Cabinet is the work of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Denis Stockhausen Von Ulm, with percussionist Zach Ryl supporting. Everything – vocals included, sound the part of late-1960s low-rent home studio vintage, right down to the production. When they go into proto-Hawkwind space-rock mode the program can get a bit tedious, but those elements that recall the earliest Barrett-Floyd style are certainly worth the price of admission, and the closing track has a blast of the psyched-out fortitude that recalls the best moments of "Interstellar Overdrive." All taken, with all its rough edges, this is still an impressive sample of retro-psychedelia.

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