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S/T — Catatonic Airkraut
(Starfighter 001, 1994, 10" EP)
by Archie Patterson, Published 1995-07-01
The spirit of the original German space rock "untirirdisch" lives on in the musik of S/T. This 10" mini-klassik of neo-psychedelic, space rock flashes back to the early days of Amon Duul 2 and Neu. The opening track, "Airkraut", is a mantra of super-sonic phased guitar, keyboard drones and affected vocals. Their covers of the A.D. track "Erzengels Donnervogel", and "Clustermonia" their homage to Moebius, Rodelius, Rothar and Dinger capture not only the spirit, but extreme nature of the early Kraut rock pioneers. Electronic frequencies and surges of guitar loop and undulate, as powerful waves of sound create striking cosmophonic vibrations. The whole affair is topped off by remarkable facsimiles of the LPD's. "Now" and "Wieners" sound so much like Edward and the Pinks in their early days, it's unbelievable. Quirky, strange and downright surreal. A limited edition of 500 copies on transparent blue vinyl. For those old enough to remember, or young and open minded enough to care, S/T is a rare musical treat.
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