Monday, 21 March 2016

Liliental - s/t (rec. 1976, rel. 1978)

A krautrock supergroup of sorts that existed for the grand total of six days in the summer of 1976, Liliental came about purely by chance, and wrote and recorded one track per day throughout their existence.  The results were eventually released two years later.

It's a fascinating story to ponder over, especially in terms of what might have been.  The original plan was for Dieter Moebius, on a break from Cluster and Harmonia, to record an album with his friend Asmus Tietchens (who at that time had yet to be heard on record) and Tietchens' friend Okko Bekker (who had released a couple of solo albums).  Conny Plank was to produce, because, let's face it, who else?  Once in the studio, they ran into two members of krautrock/jazz fusion band Kraan, who had just finished up their own recording session and were spontaneously invited to join the project.

The result was this great little album.  What might've been a solid, quirky electronic record from Moebius/Tietchens/Bekker is given room to breathe and expand into languid, sometimes Pink Floyd-esque extended drifts (most of Side 2), super-catchy earworms like Wattwurm, and a comedy closing track that, had the instrumentation been a bit less smooth, might've sat comfortably on a Faust album.

Liliental 

5 comments:

  1. Now, this looks interesting. I am familiar with about half of the players. Looking forward to hearing it. Many thanks Alan.

    -Brian

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  2. Ive never heard of this. Im a big Cluster/Harmonia fan so looking forward to this

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  3. Ive never heard of this. Im a big Cluster/Harmonia fan so looking forward to this

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  4. discovered the song Wattwurm on youtube a couple of years ago...now i've been listening to the whole album,what joy! thnks for the uploads!!

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