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WESERBERGLAND

Krautrock • Norway


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WESERBERGLAND is a special project hailing from Oslo, Norway, comprised of well known prolific musicians and collected by Ketil Vestrum Einarsen, composer and veteran flutist of the Norwegian prog rock scene. He's mainly known being part of White Willow for almost 20 years, as well as collaborating with other groups like Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho, Panzerpappa, Kaukasus, to name a few.

The term Weserbergland is also standing for a region in Germany, and as Ketil has been a krautrock enthusiast since he discovered the music due to the record collection of his friend's hippie father in the early 90s, the project name has gained a rather serious background.

Consequently their debut album 'Sehr Kosmisch - Ganz Progisch' bears influences from bands like Tangerine Dream, Can, Cluster, Harmonia, and is spiked with a huge dose of 70s progressive rock in general. Though not appearing like a retro sounding effort, this is also influenced by his former band Jaga Jazzist and similar.


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 Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch by WESERBERGLAND album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.29 | 9 ratings

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Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch
Weserbergland Krautrock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars When guitarist-producer Jacob HOLM-LUPO (WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL), flutist-keyboard player Ketil Vestrum EINARSEN (WHITE WILLOW, JAGA JAZZIST, WOBBLER, MOTORPSYCHO), guitarist Gaute STORSVE (RHYS MARSH) and drummer extraordinaire Mattias OLSSON (ÄNGLAGÅRD, PINEFOREST CRUNCH, PÄR LINDH, WHITE WILLOW, THE OPIUM CARTEL, NECROMONKEY) get together to create an album of music in tribute to the Kosmische Music (Krautrock) artists of the 1970s you can bet it's going to be a good one. And it is! Each song on the album is like listening to a drum, keyboard, and guitar clinic. It's as if JAGA JAZZIST and CAN were merged--as if Lars and Martin HORNTVETH were collaborating with Jaki LIEBEZEIT in this, the 21st Century, with all of the gizmos and effects that give 21st Century musicians such versatility and variety. The bass is often keyboard or computer driven, but it works. Mattias' drumming blends computer technologies with the live kit sounds. The keyboard and guitar sounds and techniques used are all over the place. Overall, the music is derivative, yet experimental; it's rhythmic and yet avant; it's militaristic yet psychedelic. It's genius!

1. "Tanzen Und Springen" (9:44) the most melodically memorable song on the album but perhaps the least adventurous. Nice lead guitar work (especially the Todd Rundgren-like work in the ninth and tenth minutes). (9.25/10)

2. "Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde" (15:42) starts off very etheral/ambient before electronic drums and deep synth washes take over. Such a deeply engaging song--definitely one of the highlights of 2016/2017 for me. Even the "copied" Pink Floyd "Time" reverbed rototoms and the Holger Czukay-like radio samples in the last three minutes are wonderful inclusions. (9.75/10)

3. "Kunst Der Fuge" (12:02) AMAZING drums and awesome organ/keyboard work. (9.5/10)

4. "Tristrant" (8:48) with the sound base of a 1980s song by ABC (there's so much of that 80s retro sound going around, why not in Kosmische Musik?) Great synth, winds, and percussion work. I love the cacophonic buildup in the second half and then the slow release toward the end. (9.25/10)

Five stars; a masterpiece of progressive rock music and a brilliant shot in the arm for the resurgent Kosmische Musick scene.

 Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch by WESERBERGLAND album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.29 | 9 ratings

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Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch
Weserbergland Krautrock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Norwegian band WESERBERGLAND is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Ketil Vestrum Einarsen, an active musician with a long resume, albeit of the kind often found in liner notes rather than in more prominent, bold letters on an album. With this new venture he steps up as a band leader for the first time, and this debut album was released in the spring if 2017 through Norwegian label Apollon Records.

While I do not find this CD to be a krautrock production in a purebred manner, I do suspect that the main audience for this album will be found in that crowd somewhere. Most likely those among this audience that enjoys an artist with a modern take on old traditions and the inclusion of elements also outside of this specific field. Otherwise many people with an affection for instrumental progressive rock in general should find this album to be a rewarding one I suspect.

 Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch by WESERBERGLAND album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.29 | 9 ratings

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Weserbergland Krautrock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Due to uncounted contributions to diverse bands, respectively music projects, Ketil Vestrum Einarsen can be seen as a real key figure when it comes to the prog rock scene in Norway. Now recently he could form a unit that should implement his personal vision of a krautrock inspired progressive rock album. And so 'Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch' appears with a German title of course, moreover this is pointing to an Harmonia song. Besides a bunch of guest musicians the bands core is completed by Gaute Storsve and White Willow's Jacob Holm-Lupo, both on guitar as well as bass, and finally drummer Mattias Olsson of Änglagård fame.

While residing at the Weserbergland border since my birth, this issue attracted my attention in particular, you bet! But, are there even any specific relations to notice concerning krautrock and this region in Germany? Oh yes, there are some. The initial Umsonst & Draussen festivals launched in Vlotho for example. And temporarily, similiar to Kraan residing in Wintrup for some time, the Weserbergland has been a retreat for Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius above all, both representing the band Cluster. This probably might have helped to name the project just like that.

The album shows a very unique flow and flavour. Although some references are given, for me it doesn't sound like blatantly leaning at any well known kraut outfit, fortunately. Thus 'Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch' evolves to a revelation per se for every prog fan, especially when looking for something new and innovative. The particular songs are skillfully weaving diverse music styles and ideas, deriving from different epochs, to something very open minded and experimental. Well, that is mirroring a krautrock spirit, isn't it? Furthermore Mattias Olsson's drum presence is motoric, very special in general.

The approach to combine kosmische electronics and rock music is fulfilled. And so somewhat in the vein of Harmonia, Cluster, Neu! the charming and relaxed Tanzen und Springen - originally an old folk traditional - appears in a cinematic, symphonic manner, decorated with some nice guitar work. Followed by the Gustav Mahler adapted Das Trinklied Vom Jammer Der Erde, starting very melancholic, concerning the mood reminding of Kaukasus, but then provided with a very strong and dynamic flow furthermore. Kunst Der Fuge is picking up the legacy of baroque composer Johann Sebstian Bach with industrial alike implemented drums, partially just like forced by a machine, partially very tricky - a great challenge.

Finally tending to some free formed jazz in between Tristrant spiritually seems longing back to the 12th Century after all, pointing to the love story of Tristan and Iseult, which has been nothing but an emotional rollercoaster affair to them. Musically this is realized in a rather dramatic manner. And no wonder, most of the guest musicians are involved in this song. While taking some episodes from the German cultural history as a template, Ketil Vestrum Einarsen has started something really unusual and precious here with 'Sehr Kosmisch Ganz Progisch'. Krautrock? What else? Maybe for some reason, but if, surely equipped with the prefix Neo.

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