Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Head Music 2
(Fruits de Mer strange fish twenty-one, 2020, 3LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2021-04-03

Head Music 2 Cover art

On New Years Eve 2020, Fruits de Mer released their much anticipated new collection of reimagined, reinterpreted Krautrock classics, Head Music 2, as a triple slab of vinyl. FdM’s first foray into Krautrock and the Brain label was their 2012 double LP compilation Head Music. With this new second chapter, we are treated to Vespero, Das Blaue Palais, Tony Swettenham, Cary Grace, Revbjelde, Jay Tausig, Schizo Fun Addict, The Legendary Flower Punk, Rob Gould, Maat Lander, Spurious Transients, Black Tempest, and The Arthur Park exploring Amon Düül, Amon Düül II, Faust, Agitation Free, Embryo, Mythos, Eloy, Can, Cosmic Jokers, Michael Rother, Brainticket, Kraftwerk, and Edgar Froese. Five of the six sides revisit some of the heavier sounds and heavier German bands from the early 70s, though Side Six contains new interpretations of Kraftwerk’s classic “Autobahn” and Can’s “Moonshake.” The entire set consists of covers, though strictly speaking Schizo Fun Addict’s contribution “Galactic Joke Part D (Inspired by the Cosmic Jokers)” is original, yet heavily indebted to the Cosmic Jokers. Spanning seventeen tracks and clocking in at two hours, the music holds together remarkably well, despite some covers not living up to the iconic originals (which may only make a difference to those of us growing up with these tunes) and The Arthur Park’s funky R&B rendition of “Moonshake” that seems a bit out of place with the rest of the tracks, but they do faithfully convey Can’s motorik rhythm. And there is a suitably creepy YouTube video of a 70s/80s German exercise video with dancing guys in sports jerseys, short shorts, and knee socks and women in leotards, set to the music. Some of the highlights are Vespero’s instrumental cover of “Between the Eyes” that opens the triple album and their cover of Eloy’s “Castle in the Air,” Cary Grace’s edgy cover of “Surrounded by the Stars,” Jay Tausig’s reinterpretation of “Father Cannot Yell,” and Schizo Fun Addicts’ cosmic jam, though it is not as crazed as the lysergic drenched Cosmic Jokers and Dr. Tim. I did not like The Legendary Flower Punk’s version of Michael Rother’s “Sonnenrad” — it is too slow and depressing, unlike Rother’s sunny sprightly original. Fortunately for FdM, but unfortunately for the rest of the world, this set sold out on pre-orders, so you may be able to find a copy on eBay, but at a much higher price. Once again, FdM outdoes themselves in promoting excellent music from over 50 years ago.

Filed under: New releases, 2020 releases

Related artist(s): Jay Tausig, Vespero, Schizo Fun Addict, Various Artists, Cary Grace, Maat Lander, The Legendary Flower Punk

More info

Latest news

New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Van der Graaf Generator - Trisector – Van der Graaf Generator has been getting attention from the mainstream press during their recent UK tour, much of it positive and respectful. I have a feeling Trisector will help in that regard. While...  (2009) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues