Tom Hayes 26-August-2001 Bröselmaschine

Bröselmaschine - Bröselmaschine

One of the three legendary Pilz folk albums from the early 1970s German scene. Of the three, Bröselmaschine were certainly the most "folky". The five-piece lineup included primarily male and female vocals with acoustic guitar. As accents to various songs, the band added electric guitar, bass, hand percussion, flute, sitar, zither and mellotron.

The five minute opener "Gedanken" is a pleasant enough folk track with heavily accented English vocals and some nice electric guitar. "Lassie" follows and is just the sort of song that my Dad would enjoy. One gets the vision that Bröselmaschine would feel comfortable opening for comedian Bob Newhart at a place like the "hungry i" in San Francisco circa 1966. Plates and silverware clanking in the background and after the song completes, an uproarious crowd claps maniacally while cigarettes dangle from their lips. After the two minute acoustic guitar interlude "Gitarrenstuck", things begin to get interesting. "The Old Man's Song" starts with a repetitive and trance-like acoustic guitar. Hand percussion and wah guitar enter and some delicate flute sets the tone for the peaceful femme singing. The nine minute "Schmetterling" is one of the album's highlights and recalls Hoelderlin's Traum with its Eastern motif (sitar, tablas, flute) and German narration. Later in the song there's a wonderful driving bass guitar that gives the song a sense of contrasting urgency not found elsewhere. The album closes with "Bossa Nova" (8:06) a nice "stroll in the park" kind of song with emphasis on acoustic guitar, flute, wordless voice and hand percussion.

Overall, Bröselmaschine is the type of album to sooth ones nerves after a hard days work. Not particularly experimental or groundbreaking, but for fans of early Hoelderlin, Emtidi or other such cosmic folk bands, Bröselmaschine is a must pick up.

Sjef Oellers 23-April-2001 Bröselmaschine

Solid German folk rock. The album is dominated by acoustic guitars, but flute, percussion, bass and some traditional instruments like zither are featured as well. The male and female vocals are beautiful and (mostly) in German. Very nice album, but not a classic.

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