Monday, 21 March 2016
Liliental - s/t (rec. 1976, rel. 1978)
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.