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Merlin; Swara; Ilor & Friends Cosmic Kraut Experience  album cover
3.15 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side A:
1. Habla Ita Swe (12:14)
2. Livescore Nr. 1 (11:45)

Side B:
1. Song Between Hustles (12:00)
2. The Question Died (6:55)

Line-up / Musicians

- Swara Samrat / harp, loops, vocals, flute, percussions
- Captain llor / Guitars
- Merlin / Mellotron, synth, percussions
- Herman / bass, percussions

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Coloured Rain LP

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MERLIN; SWARA; ILOR & FRIENDS Cosmic Kraut Experience ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
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Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant, Crossover & Neo Teams
3 stars Really weird. A bit warm but crazy non-cosmic paranoiac experience created by three eccentric soundscapers.

We can feel that something like mixed Krautrock-ish electronic farm they've built up, all around the album. The first experience "Habla Ita Swe" sounds like the departure of a down-tempo primeval Krautrock obscurity, featuring dry flute desert and polished percussive confusion. In the latter part more uptempo palpitation with Swara's flat voices can be heard as another scattering view. The second experience "Livescore Nr. 1" is somewhat cheaper and heartwarming ... Swara's voices are less powerful but a bit more tragic and hearty than Eiliff in the same vein. Far from the word "Cosmic" but Merlin's synthesizer sound air plus Ilor's plaintive acoustic guitar storyteller can be so ghostly and weird enough to kick our spine out of the real world.

On the other hand, in the third experience "Song Between Hustles", esoteric harp dissonance by Swara, opening such an original theatre curtain, should be the most suitable for the key word "Cosmic", I guess. As though he would have launched meditative purple smoke, ethnic plastic sound stardust shower is pouring down around our ears and minds. Although his voices cannot be fit for such an addiction, this atmosphere, along with relaxing percussion, is fascinating, impressive indeed. Recommended as a highlight in this creation. And the last, fourth experience "The Question Died" is another short mixed feeling with warped voices, sincere guitar sounds, and unrefined percussion, based upon rough / dry synthesizer fuzzes. Only I have felt something of impatience at that weak end of the story?

In conclusion, understood that they had been disbanded as an obscure one-off project. Cannot recommend as a Krautrock masterpiece but let me say it's interesting to dig another Kraut experience out, in a sense.

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