Tom Hayes 18-Jul-2006 Lonesome in Overdrive

About a couple of times a year, something will arrive that re-lights my collecting fire. Earlier this year it was Del Jones Positive Vibes. Last year there was Berits Halsband. If you saw this CD in the store, youíd pass right over it. The artwork and lettering look like a new age album on the Narada label. Itís dedicated to Greenpeace and half the songs are about whales. Itís subtitled Malinuuga Music, which according to the liner notes is the indigenous rhythm of Europe, unrelated to African and Native American percussion. Yea, how about that. Well boys and girls, the reality is this: Had I sent you a tape and stated "Adamah unreleased Ohr album from 1972", you would have had NO problem believing me. This is the most authentic slice of Krautrock Iíve heard post 1980. In spirit, sound and intensity. Adamah is not some new age wuss, but rather a nine piece group that features all sorts of analog synthesizers, flute, clarinet, violin, steel guitar, electric guitar, sitar, various homemade stringed instruments, female vocals and no less than 3 full time percussionists. The production sounds as if Dieter Dirks did a number on it, with loads of phasing. There is wah-wah, fuzz and all sorts of wild moments. Thereís even the female narration in German. And thereís not even a HINT this is done for a retro market or that itís the 90ís. This is truly organic, time has completely stood still. And if you are paying close attention, yes, this is THE John L. of Schwingungen fame. Here heís dressed in full-blown traditional Jewish attire, complete with flat brimmed hat, long beard and side curls. And heís holding one of those aforementioned homemade electric stringed instruments with the Star of David on it. And he sounds pretty much the same as he did on the ART album, with chanting, yelling, semi-singing. Most of the album is instrumental, so his vocals are once again a curious, but fascinating, addition. With a 24 year separation between albums, and both masterpieces, John L has proven he is one the true creative freaks of our era.

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