Die Neuen Welten Overview
Hedersleben's 2nd album finds us in deep interstellar space. Die Neuen Welten, (The New Worlds), takes humanities aspirations for upward exploration, the subject of the first album Upgoer, to the next stage. Zu Den Neuen Welten, (To The New Worlds), celebrates the multitude of new worlds found by the Kepler Space telescope.
Reviews for Die Neuen Welten
The band name seemingly evolved from a rather pragmatical solution. Nicky Garratt, co-founder of the British punk band UK Subs, once met Uve Müllrich, bass player of Embryo. This just happened at Hedersleben, a small village situated in Eastern Germany (former GDR). After celebrating some jams together and obviously being inspired Nicky decided to form a new band, where he could convince his ex-colleague and drummer Jason Willer to take part in the project as another constant. And finally keyboardist Kephera Moon also turns out to be one of a party with regularity.
While also including a few other like-minded musicians they have toured the US up and down, had collaborations with Nik Turner and made an important contribution to the recordings for the new Brainticket release. Two band albums were recorded so far, this one is the latter from 2014 which clearly shows them underway on kraut respectively space rock paths. The extended title track comes inspired by diverse bands - there is a ADII/Yeti adapted flow to state, or just taking the Doors alike psychedelic organ into account.
A wonderful relaxed listening experience featuring soaring guitars and synths as well as hypnotic bass lines contributed by Bryce Shelton. Kati Knox's ethereal voice appears here and there and finally it all turns into a nice, more classically flavoured piano sequence. The following four songs are building a range of shorter excerpts offering a more common song structure - though, basically also equipped with the aforementioned attributes further on, this is definitely appealing too. An astonishing affair when considering Nicky's musical origin. Spot on! Highly recommended!
Prog Archives - International
Out of all of Hedersleben's releases so far, I'd say that their 2nd album is their strongest and my personal favorite. Unlike their first album with the title track in 2 parts, "Die Neuen Welten" is structured like a classic Amon Duul II or Kraftwerk record, title track side-long epic and a few shorter, yet no-less-epic tracks behind it. While their music certainly calls back to the glory days of progressive rock, krautrock and psychedelia, unlike most of the bands of the last 2 decades that have been mining that territory, Hedersleben FINALLY has something new to say in those respective genres. Guitarist Nicky Garratt might be the central creative force behind the band, but the overall sound is a showcase for the talents of master drummer Jason Willer and keyboard goddess Kephera Moon. And nowhere is that more apparent than on the side-long epic that opens the album, "Zu Den Neuen Welten". For me, as a piece of music, it's right up there with the side-long epics of yesteryear (read: Phallus Dei, Autobahn, Echoes) and in my opinion, Hedersleben's masterpiece (or meisterwerk?). Anchored by Moon's repeated D dorian Farfisa riff that just grabs you by the brain stem and never lets you go, even as the piece goes through different iterations of that theme, from the opening drones to the Magma-ish piano chords that gradually fade in with Willer's pulsating Latin-esque beats and bassist Bryce Shelton's contrapuntal, yet complementary basslines. As the piece comes to it's thrilling climax of orchestral percussion, Mellotron and cooing space whispers it all comes to screeching halt and just when you think it's all over, we're greeted with a nice epilogue of the main keyboard riff again, this time on a solitary grand piano buoyed by the ocean, which closes side 1 perfectly. By extension, the other 4 pieces on the album continue the space-faring theme of exploring new worlds, yet never losing the focus that side 1 has already established. Side 2 opener "On The Ground (Safe 'n' Sound)" is suggestive of the Hawkwind influence (and playing with Nik Turner doesn't hurt either), whereas "Nomad Worlds" reminds this listener more of Mike Oldfield, and then "Xo5B" has a distinctly desert rock meets Phantasm soundtrack feel. The album closer, "Tiny Flowers/Little Moon" brings in the first real noticeable use of lyrics in a Hedersleben song, which would be greatly expanded upon in their 3rd album, The Fall of Chronopolis and the addition of vocalist Ariana Jade (who joined the band right after the release of this album). On earlier pieces from "Upgoer" and this album, if there were any lyrics, they really only served the song as much as any instrument or texture and not as a central focus. Here the words, sung by singer/lyricist Kati Knox, are a tad basic to some listeners, but actually serve the song well, complimented by Garratt's unique & tasteful guitar arrangements and paired with Moon's breathtaking piano coda, this song closes the album on a great bit of respite as perfectly as the closing coda of side 1 did. In short, while it may suggest listeners of the past, this is by no means a nostalgic or derivative work. This is a new, fresh take on music for a higher purpose, but my words don't do it justice. Go give all 3 of their albums a listen and then go experience Hedersleben live.
Prog Archives - International
Hedersleben ist ein in Kalifornien angesiedeltes Projekt, dem U.A. die UK-Subs-Musiker Nicky
Garratt und Jason Willer angehören. Aber auf Hedersleben erinnert nichts an UK Subs. Statt Punk werden schwirrende kosmische Klänge geboten.
Hedersleben spielten auch bereits als Vorgruppe von Nik Turner (Ex-Hawkwind) und unterstützten Brainticket.
Aber konzentrieren wir uns auf die Musik. Und die lässt sich hören! Kosmische Musik trifft es ganz gut... Der
Plan zur Gründung von Hedersleben soll nämlich in Hedersleben gereift sein, bei Sessions im "Kosmische Musik Zentrum" in
Hedersleben/Sachsen-Anhalt... Womit die Sache mit dem Bandnamen geklärt wäre.
kopieren gelingt es Hedersleben einen Soundkosmos zu entfalten, der an die ursprüngliche Kosmische Musik der frühen 70er Jahre erinnert.
Gerade der Longtrack "Zu den neuen Welten" entwirft ein ganz großzügiges akustisches Bild, das von gallopierenden Drums, sirrenden Effekten,
spaciger, Doors-beeinflusster Orgel- und psychedelischer Gitarren-ästhetik geprägt ist. Das Stück weist dabei trotz seiner Länge keine Längen,
sondern einen einnehmenden Spannungsbogen auf. Die knapp 18 Minuten vergehen wie im Fluge.
Es folgen noch vier weitere Songs, die den gleichen Geist versprühen, mal mit rockiger Verve ("Safe and Sound"), mal mit
akustisch-ambientigem Flair und sphärischem Mädchengeraune ("Nomad World, XO5B"). Und schließlich ist da noch der einzige echte Vokalsong, das
psychedelisch-poppige, locker-flockige "Tiny Flowers / Little Moon" mit Gastsängerin Kati Knox.
Die Freunde des Kosmische Musik Zentrum Hedersleben haben ihre Lektion gelernt. Ihre Kosmische Musik weckt zwar durchaus und
absichtsvoll nostalgische Gefühle, kommt aber nicht altbacken daher, sondern luftig, frisch und lebendig.
Babyblue Prog Review - Germany
I was eager to check out HEDERSLEBEN's second album after really enjoying their debut. I have to say there's not a lot to chose between the two as I think both are solid 4 star works. I like the way they set this one up like some of the classic Krautrock albums with that side long suite complimented with several songs on side two.
So lets start with the epic and title track "Die Neuen Welten" a 17 1/2 minute journey. Floating organ to begin as blips come and go. Bass comes in around 2 minutes and builds then the guitar starts to make some noise after 4 minutes but it's brief. Pulsating organ a minute later. Catchy stuff after 6 minutes as spacey synths come and go. A PINK FLOYD vibe before 9 minutes as the guitar joins in. Drums to the fore 10 1/2 minutes and there's a real Krautrock impression here. Some nice guitar expressions 13 1/2 minutes in including some angular lines after 15 minutes. This is followed by 2 minutes of calm with piano melodies and electronics to the end.
"(On The Ground) Safe And Sound" reminds me so much of HAWKWIND with that catchy chorus. It opens with pulsating sounds along with mellotron waves then bass and more as it builds. Check out the guitar before 2 minutes playing over top. That chorus comes in before 3 minutes and lasts about a minute. "Nomad World(Dreamstate)" is the only "Dreamstate" song this time as we had two of them on the debut. Picked guitar and atmosphere to start and I really like the guitar expressions and female vocal melodies that come and go. A beauty.
"Xo5B" is slower paced with vocal melodies, a beat and piano early on. Spacey synths join in followed by the guitar and bass. Nice. The vocal melodies stop before the guitar starts to grind it out a minute later. The organ starts to lead then the vocal melodies return, then spacey synths. "Tiny Flowers/ Little Moon" sounds so good to start, love that bass. Female vocals join in quickly and again the bass and drums sound really good here. A calm after 2 1/2 minutes with piano to the end.
These guys have released a new album in 2015 so I'm really looking forward hearing that one. Krautrock fans need to check this band out.
Mellotron Storm - Progarchives
Hedersleben are a psych Krautrock outfit consisting of Kephera Moon - keyboards, vocals (Dragontime, Brainticket), Bryce Shelton - Bass and vocals (Hollow mirrors, Brainticket), Nicky Garratt - Guitar (UK Subs), Jason Willer - Drums/Percussion (UK Subs) all having recorded and toured with Nik Turner both as support and performing as part of Nik Turner's Hawkwind. Added to this highly credible line up we also have Kati Knox on vocals.
'Zu den neuen welten' starts out with synth chirps and bleeps to which is added some delightfully Ray Manzarek style Hammond keyboard playing. The track gently evolves with the addition of percussion, the energy rising further as heavily fuzzed guitar joins the party. This is a genuinely excellent track and the CD is worth the purchase price for this track alone; 'On the ground (safe and sound)' starts out gentle before evolving into a pulsing rhythmic powerhouse of a track with more of that heavily distorted guitar; 'Nomad world (dreamstate)' gives us a moment to pause with a mellow synth laden track to which Kati Knox's vocals add a mystical quality'; 'Xo5B' takes the mood of the album into an even more relaxed phase before gradually building in complexity and tempo with some sublime keyboard work; 'Tiny flowers / Little moon' is a delightfully psych track that is beautifully gentle and at the same time powerful. It starts out with an excellent bass riff and percussion before Kati's vocals are introduced into the mix, bringing the CD to a perfect close.
Whilst all the tracks on this album stand out on their own, it is best enjoyed in one sitting. The tracks complement each other as they flow from one to the next. Clearly a great deal of thought has been put into the order in which they are placed on the CD. The song writing, recording and mixing are top notch throughout.
If you enjoy the atmosphere of 60s psych, with some early Floyd percussion and Doorsesque keyboard work, brought right up to date with modern synth playing and song writing then this album is likely to bring you a great deal of pleasure. Certainly for me it pushed all the right buttons and comes highly recommended.
Steve Judd Terrascope - USA
"Die Neuen Welton which means The New Worlds is the band's latest release and is 100% certifiably music that falls into the Krautrock category. Think of bands like Amon Duul 2, Popol Vuh and Can and you get the picture. There is also a strong, early Pink Floyd element to their music with it's waves of sonic tones and textures cascading along in hypnotic fashion. Long sustained chords on various vintage sounding keyboards trading ear-space with subdued guitar lines threading their way through the plodding drum and bass lines. This is a breezy, thirty-seven minute listen and is made up of five tracks. The first track "Zu Den Neuen Welten" [17:34] shows itself as the most spacey, with a sound that borrows heavily from the early Floyd vibe. While the other four tracks, all in the four or five minute ranges come across more with Amon Duul 2 feel. Whereas the first track, meanders all over the place with short melody lines overlapping on each other, the later tracks tend to be more syncopated, even rocky in a kind of Ozric Tentacles fashion. There's even some great Mellotron sound filtered into the mix.
There's actually a fair bit of sonic variety here with tunes taking advantage of many different feels: from the spaciness of the opening track to the softer acoustic-industrial vibe of "Nomad World" [5:00]. In the end not only is the music trance-like and hypnotic it's also downright enjoyable, even entertaining. Is it retro or nostalgic? I suppose some might consider it so, but Hedersleben seem to have a very strong grip on the music they wish to create and they do it well."
New Prog Releases - International
Finally, for today, something a wee bit different from what's up above, even by a cappella Abba standards. Yes it's some Krautrock from Kalifornia.
It's the follow up to their debut "Upgoer", and sees Nicky Garratt (Guitars), Kephera Moon (Keys), Kati Knox (Vocals), Bryce Shelton (Bass), and Jason Willer (Drums/Percussion) mixing up Krautrock and spacerock to great effect. Mind you, they should be good, seeing as how they record and perform with Nik Turner as Nik Turner's Hawkwind and collaborate with Joel Vandroogenbroeck to form the present day version of Brainticket.
The best is up front as they swoosh their way through the eighteen minute 'Zu Den Neuen Welten', and it's a timeless track that could easily have come from the seventies. It's nearest competitor is the much more prog rock offering of '(On the Ground) Safe 'n' Sound', but the whole album is worth hearing.
It's an odd cove. A California bases band, named after a city halfway between Hanover and Berlin, featuring two former members of UK punk band, the UK Subs, playing seventies styled Krautrock / spacerock. But sometimes, weird is good.
The Rocker - UK
Krautrockers rejoice as Hedersleben's sophomore release is the real deal!
Art rock, prog rock, metal or anything else you can think of the death of what may be best called progressive rock has been greatly exaggerated. Hedersleben is back with a release that should have prog rock fans taking notice in short order. This Oakland, California based band features UK subs Nicky Garrett on guitar and is the perfect storm between their experience in Germany and North America.
Melodic strength and a lyrical intensity push this band to the next level of excellence. This is prog rock gone global with a myriad of texture and harmonic influences that push the genre to the extreme. Having finished up an extensive tour this is a band on the edge of cracking the North American Market wide open. While certain metal influences are apparent there is nothing over the top or pretentious about this band. The tunes are strong and the artists are all well adept at their craft. Dig prog rock? You will dig this!
Personnel: Kephera Moon: Keyboards / Vocals; Bryce Shelton: Bass; Katie Knox: Gues Vocal; Nicky Garrett: Guitar; Jason Willer: Drums.
Brent Black - Bop & Jazz (Critical Jazz)
In the musical ether that exists between the Space Rock and Ambient-Industrial is the music know by the vexing name Krautrock. Borrowing from a German musical conclave of sounds this sub-genre of the Progressive Rock scene has a strong and vibrant following both of the performance and listening side of the fence. Enter Hedersleben an Oakland California based band consisting of; Kephera Moon (keyboards, vocals), Bryce Shelton (bass), Kati Knox (guest vocal), Nicky Garratt (guitar) and Jason Willer (drums). Keen-eyed observers may recognize the name Nicky Garratt as a past member of the UK Subs. Interestingly he says the past year withHedersleben has been his most musically rewarding since 1977. That's saying a lot.
Die Neuen Welton which means The New Worlds is the band's latest release and is 100% certifiably music that falls into the Krautrock category. Think of bands like Amon Duul 2, Popol Vuh and Can and you get the picture. There is also a strong, early Pink Floyd element to their music with it's waves of sonic tones and textures cascading along in hypnotic fashion. Long sustained chords on various vintage sounding keyboards trading ear-space with subdued guitar lines threading their way through the plodding drum and bass lines. This is a breezy, thirty-seven minute listen and is made up of five tracks. The first track "Zu Den Neuen Welten" [17:34] shows itself as the most spacey, with a sound that borrows heavily from the early Floyd vibe. While the other four tracks, all in the four or five minute ranges come across more with Amon Duul 2 feel. Whereas the first track, meanders all over the place with short melody lines overlapping on each other, the later tracks tend to be more syncopated, even rocky in a kind of Ozric Tentacles fashion. There's even some great Mellotron sound filtered into the mix.
There's actually a fair bit of sonic variety here with tunes taking advantage of many different feels: from the spaciness of the opening track to the softer acoustic-industrial vibe of "Nomad World" [5:00]. In the end not only is the music trance-like and hypnotic it's also downright enjoyable, even entertaining. Is it retro or nostalgic? I suppose some might consider it so, but Hedersleben seem to have a very strong grip on the music they wish to create and they do it well. Check them out. Good job!
Jerry Lucky - The Progressive Rock Files - Canada
Hedersleben could be an obscure German group Kosmische Musik 70s In fact, it is neither one nor the other, although the contemporary line-up geographic spread formation. At the root of this curious project found Nicky Garrath ( UK Subs ) that following the completion of the album Nick Turner ( Hawkwind ), "Space Gypsy", decided to bring together musicians who participated, finding that occasion new inspiration and the desire to explore the hallucinatory spheres of Krautrock. Hedersleben was born of this encounter. few changes in terms of human resources later, a first attempt is captured, called "Upgoer." A year later, his successor is already there and goes further into the cosmic and anachronistic trip, true love progressive music drowned in the swirling psyche of the late sixties statement. As often happens when trying to feed too much of the past, all this is not very personal, obviously recalling the Pink Floyd Syd Barrett. But what might be annoying instead becomes almost charming as this journey through time proves enjoyable because at any point controlled by a touchdown by divine grace group.The imposing 'Zu Den Neuen Welten' ideally illustrates this paradox, long instrumental pad 17 minutes looking like a relic unearthed by archaeologists sound. A listen, it's like back over forty years ago with the same sound and the same patina fluffy atmospheres. And it works. And especially walking quickly charmed by this colorful odyssey to space shades smelling smoke makes. Space eaters, there keyboards weave wrap sheets bathed in fog effects psyche, however, that the battery churns rolls the confines of a shamanic trance. gargantuan After this opening, one might have feared that the following four tracks, the more standard format, does manage to maintain the turgidity. If '(On The Ground) Safe n Sound' does not go very far, 'Nomad World', going through a fragile than wispy female vocals, on the other hand is a wonderful breath, pearl melancholy outlined by repetitive chords escaped from a organ in the hands of the ghost of Ray Manzarek ( The Doors ). 'Xo5B' also impresses with its bass line all curvy and the veil a little Arabist who drapes. When to complete the final steps of the terminal 'Tiny Flowers / Little Moon', bucolic stroll that guide a female voice accompanied by a delicate piano, wanting more invites, proof of the success of this exploration of another age, modest, yet exhilarating.
Childerie Thor - Music Waves - France
Sometimes plops an album on the doormat where you rebounds during the first listening and thinking "what a welcome surprise, what a glittering bright spot in these dark times." That is still the feeling when the second album 'Die Neuen Welten' of Hedersleben 2, the Kraut Rockers from California.Yes you read it really well, sauerkraut on the Westcoast.
now it is mentioned in the promovel 'Krautrock' but that's only partly because these three men and two women heard that there is more resides in their musical suitcase. Thus, the music and the atmosphere cosmic, space-rock the way you want, which influences Gong and Hawkwind and integrated. But there are also significant references to the long drawn out compositions from the early years of Pink Floyd. Rehearsal plays an important role which will have a hypnotic effect. Every five tracks A very strong point of the band is that across the board and in all tracks a catchy melodic theme is ingeniously developed. And repetition above certainly does not offer any uniformity as there is at the same time talk of a lot of variety and dynamics. Not as crazy as you are on an expedition to undiscovered galaxies, to a new world, in such a journey you come on quite a bit. 's five tracks are all equally strong all forms intriguing opener 'Zu den Neuen Welten' and valve 'Tiny Flowers / Little Moon', blessed with a beautiful piano theme referring to Keith Jarrett, for me the absolute highlights. The two women in this album, keyboardist Kephera Moon and guest Kati Knox providing occasional vocals. As said a surprise this album Hedersleben. Handsome and played well constructed compositions that take you to another world, Die Neue Welt! And that's stuffed times pretty good if you just read the newspaper or have looked at the news.
Harry 'JoJo' de Vries - Afterglow Prog log - Holland
Hedersleben could be an obscure German group Kosmische Musik 70s In fact, it is neither one nor the other... a first attempt is captured, called "Upgoer." A year later, his successor is already there and goes further in the cosmic trip and anachronistic, true love progressive music embedded in the psyche scrolls from the late sixties statement.As too often when trying to feed the past, all this is not very personal, obviously recalling Pink Floyd Syd Barrett. But what might be annoying instead becomes almost charming as that time travel is proving enjoyable because at any point controlled by a touched by divine grace group.
The imposing 'Zu Den Neuen Welten' ideally illustrates this paradox, long instrumental paved over 17 minutes looking like a relic unearthed by archaeologists sound. To listen, it's like back over forty years ago with the same sound and the same patina fluffy atmospheres. And it works.
And especially walking quickly charmed by this colorful odyssey in space dyed smelling fumette. Space eaters, there keyboards weave wrap sheets bathed in fog effects psyche while the battery churns rolls the edge of shamanic trance. After that gargantuan opening, one might have feared that the following four tracks, the more standard format, not able to maintain this turgor. If '(On The Ground) Safe n Sound' does not go very far, 'Nomad World', going through a fragile than wispy female vocals, on the other hand is a wonderful breath, pearl melancholy chords outlined by repetitive escaped from a organ in the hands of the ghost of Ray Manzarek (The Doors). 'Xo5B' also impresses with its bass line all round and the veil a little Arabist who drapes. When to complete the final steps of the terminal 'Tiny Flowers / Little Moon,' bucolic stroll that guide a female voice accompanied by a delicate piano, a taste of too few calls, evidence of the success of this exploration of a another age, modest and yet exhilarating.
Le Cercle Noir - France
Now this is more like it! California Krautrock/prog/space rock act Hedersleben simply made a 'nice' little exploration on their 2013 debut Upgoer, but here on their sophomore release Die Neuen Welten, the band really have seemed to hit their stride. Now with the line-up of Nicky Garratt (Guitars), Kephera Moon (Keys), Kati Knox (Vocals), Bryce Shelton (Bass), and Jason Willer (Drums/Percussion) the band have created here a dramatic & enjoyable set of space rock that will instantly take you back to the early 1970s. Since the recording of the album earlier this year, Ariana Jade has joined on vocals, violin, and keyboards. Things kick off with the spooky "Zu Den Neuen Welten", a near 18-minute journey into nightmarish Krautrock/space rock, complete with elements of vintage Tangerine Dream and Hawkwind, as synths blip and bleat amid tricky rhythms and jagged guitar lines. "(On the Ground) Safe n Sound" is a bubbling, heavy prog affair, as Garratt's distorted guitar solos & riffs cut through the haze of psychedelic keyboards, while "Nomad World (Dreamstate)" is more pastoral in nature, as gentle acoustic guitar & soothing vocals drift through your senses, occasionally broken up by legato electric guitar lines or ominous synth & organ passages. Moon's prog rock styled organ & synths return on the spacey "X05B", another Hawkwind influenced exploration into deep dark space. The album concludes with the lush "Tiny Flowers/Little Moon", as Knox gently delivers her ethereal vocals over a wash of synths, acoustic guitar, light percussion and yearning electric guitar lines. It's a tranquil end to Die Neuen Welten an album with many ebbs & flows, lots of little nuances popping up that tantalize your senses without trying to do too much but certainly providing enough of a spark to keep you hooked from start to finish. It's a huge improvement from their debut, and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.
Pete Pardo - Sea Of Tranquility - USA
Die Neue Welten" ("New Worlds") is a new album coming out of California in Oakland quintet called Hedersleben . The band took its name from a small German town, which is The Kosmische Musik Zentrum being an important inspiration for the musical endeavors of the team. Apart from him in the town Hedersleben are a lot of clubs in which a team led by guitarist Nicky Garratt (once played in the UK Subs) regularly performed and met other members of the species cultivated by himself, performing with them at one stage. Representatives of the species? Hedersleben musicians playing typical krautrock, and an artist who has had the greatest impact on them was (and probably still is) a famous leader of the no less famous band Hawkwind, Nik Turner. Several musicians forming the current composition of Hedersleben played on the reviewed recently in our magazine's CD Fri "Space Gypsy" . In 2013, our heroes held with him a world tour and, from what I know, this tour is to have your continued in October and November of this year. Hedersleben is expected to be on them, not only as a support, but also as a backing band Turner during his performances.
I have discussed today, the second in the acquis Hedersleben album contains five songs from the border of krautrock and cosmic rock. They are mostly instrumental compositions. Opening a whole, "Zu Dem Neuen Welten", is something very complex and time stretched to nearly 18 minutes. It's a real intergalactic journey to new worlds inspired sent a few years ago by the NASA space probe with a modern telescope Kepler, by means of which were discovered more than a thousand new planets in solar systems hitherto unknown. Listening to this composition there is nothing else like close your eyes and give rein to your imagination, which may be the real source of music discovery for fans of the genre spacerockowego. Three consecutive recordings on the disc, not so complex and it is not so imaginative, it can inspire the recipient to a wide open ears on so magical sounds. The album "Die Neue Welten" ends only in this set of vocal and instrumental composition. In "Tiny Flowers / Little Moon" because she wears the title, singing keyboardist Kephera Moon. And in many respects this track can be considered a true highlight of the entire album. This authentic spacerockowa gem!
Apparently Hedersleben group has already finished material for the next album, which is titled "The Fall of Chronopolis," is due out next year. Hurry up so that then there were not too many to make up the arrears. As soon as you get acquainted with the album "Die Neue Welten" and let's enjoy this unique, one-of-a-kind music. Because worth it!
Artur Chachlowski - Legacy - Poland
So, Publication 2015 successfully started. During the first four days of January to "bandcamp" announced dozens of new music releases - mostly domestic "Pollution-acoustic environment." But there are some quite nice and interesting works. However, they will be discussed later - need rasslushat-rasprobovat - and today's story is about the album, which for some reason just announced at Recyclable Sounds was not ...
I confess that I have long waited for "De Neuen Welten" - already the second opus group HEDERSLEBEN - will be released on CD or vinyl. But this, as in the case of the debut album "Upgoer", it seems, did not happen. How Come? I know. But incredibly sorry because the work turned out just fine.
But to begin with, who are HEDERSLEBEN. The history of this group began in 2011 in the German town Hedersleben in Saxony-Anhalt. Ways English guitarist Nicky Garratt (UKSUBS group founder and musical partner-director of popular and demanded "houkvindovtsa» Nik Turner) crossed with the German bassist Uve Müllrich (one of the permanent members of the cult formation EMBRYO): during the week of Veterans remembered the old days, watched the video chronicles, drank a toast, talking about music and playing music ...
The following year, during the recording sessions of the album Nik Turner "Space Gypsy" (2013, Cleopatra Records) Nicky Garratt persuaded his old comrade-in UKSUBS, drummer Jason Willer make something of their own - in the spirit of the German EMBRYO, ie "Compositional and thematic music, which would be executed in the manner of an experimental long Impro-jam." Thus was born HEDERSLEBEN - group, which beefed up the ranks of American musicians: vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Kyrsten Bean (THE KYRSTEN BEAN BAND), pianist and vocalist Kephera Moon (from the group DRAGONTIME) and multi-instrumentalist Bryce Shelton (from HOLLOW MIRRORS). In this structure, the band recorded an excellent debut album "Upgoer" (2013), and then helped the Belgian keyboardist Joel Vandroogenbroeck revive the legendary name BRAINTICKET (the album was completed in early 2014th, but released, apparently, has not been), and October-November 2013. On with Nik Turner embarked on their first US tour (in the first part of the group assisted Nik Turner, and the second - has played its own program).
Recyclable Sound - Russia
Booah... Krautrock von einer Band aus dem kalifornischen Oakland??? Es scheint mittlerweile also doch so zu sein, dass diese einst in Großbritannien geprägte, eher nicht so sympathisch gemeinte Bezeichnung bzw. Stilrichtung ihre erste Bedeutung verloren hat. Aber das Quartett hat tatsächlich eine Beziehung zu Deutschland und der Stadt Hedersleben (wo im Kosmischen Musik Zentrum der erste Auftritt der Band auf nichtamerikanischem Boden stattfand), nach der sich die Truppe dann auch benannte.
Konsequenterweise hat man dem neuen - bereits zweiten - Album dann auch den deutschen Titel "Die Neuen Welten" verpasst, was zu den Songs des Vierers ganz wunderbar passt. Denn wenn man sich nur mal das Herzstück der Platte, das mal locker auf siebzehneinhalb Minuten Spielzeit kommende "Zu den Neuen Welten" nimmt, dann wird hier gespacet wie verrückt, zwischendrin ein bisschen gerockt und gegen Ende wird die Hauptrolle von einem feinen Piano übernommen, das den Hörer sanft wieder auf festen Boden zurück holt. Ein feiner und abgedrehter Trip quer durch die Sphären, bei dem auch Gesang in jeglicher Form so überhaupt nicht von Nöten ist, um die Spannung hoch zu halten.
Das wahrscheinlich prominenteste Mitglied von Hedersleben ist der UK Subs-Gitarrist Nicky Garratt, der neben seiner eigentlichen Band auf "Die Neuen Welten" eine vollkommen andere Seite von sich erkennen lässt. Und die steht ihm ebenfalls hervorragend, selbst wenn die Keyboards von Kephera Moon doch deutlich tonangebend sind. Dazu stellen sich der Bassist Bryce Shelton und Jason Willer (am Schlagzeug) als extrem dynamischer sowie eingespielter Maschinenraum vor.
Deutlich rockiger gewinnt dann - wie der Titel es ja schon sagt - "(On The Ground) Safe And Sound" wieder viel mehr Bodenhaftung, während der (immer noch vorhandene) spacige Anteil doch ein gutes Stück zurückgefahren wird. Aber tonnenweise Atmosphäre hat die Nummer nach wie vor, übrigens genauso wie "Nomad World (Dreamstate)" mit dem wortlosen Gesang der Tastenlady Kephera Moon. Nach dem sehr langen Opener bewegen sich die Stücke nun rund um die fünf Minuten-Marke, was aber ausreichend Platz lässt, um die jeweiligen Aussagen der Titel auf den Punkt zu bringen.
Auf dem eher getragenen und träumerischen "XO5B" ertönt dieser angenehme sowie irgendwie auch gespenstige Gesang ein weiteres Mal. Vor dem geistigen Auge sieht man sich hier durch vernebelte Naturlandschaften wandern, friedlich, etwas surreal und auch ein bisschen gruselig ist das. Das wunderschöne "Tiny Flowers" wird von Kati Knox intoniert, bevor der Song in "Little Moon" übergeht, das wieder instrumental und vom Piano dominiert gehalten ist.
Zwar ist die Sängerin Kati Knox auf den Promotion-Fotos jeweils mit abgelichtet, aber wie sich mittlerweile herausgestellt hat, kam sie über einen Gastauftritt bei Hedersleben nicht hinaus, sodass die Band jetzt wieder zu viert ist. In diesem September wird übrigens sowohl als Support- als auch Begleitband von Nik Turner (Ex-Hawkwind) kreuz und quer durch die USA getourt.
Aber wenn die Liebe der Band zu unseren Breitengraden anhält, dürfen wir die Kalifornier vielleicht auch sehr bald wieder über die deutschen Bühnenbretter fegen sehen. Das dritte Album ist übrigens bereits aufgenommen und soll im kommenden Jahr veröffentlicht werden. Nach "Die Neuen Welten" kann man sich darauf eigentlich nur freuen.
Markus Kerren - Rock Times Germany
Having played/toured on Nik Turner's recent, acclaimed 'Space Gypsy' album, former Subs guitar hero Nicky Garratt additionally has this Kosmische Musik Zentrum project band; this being the second of a trilogy. From the bands inception, Garratt envisioned these albums sonically exploring time, and matter/space. Beautiful instrumental compositions mainly soundtrack this cosmic vision, with Die Neuen Welten' impressively improving on last year's remarkable debut 'Upgoer'. Punk to Prog may seem strange to some but just re-listen to those early breathless, adrenaline-rush U.K.Subs records; they're strewn with brief bursts of catchy Garratt guitar vignettes. His guitar genius still paints their full beauty. So spend some rewarding time listening to this exceptional expedition to new worlds. Highlights include '(On The Ground) Safe And Sound' and the ethereal guest vocals of Kati Knox on the closing 'Tiny Flowers/Little Moon'.
Mark Chadderton - Viva Le Rock! UK
According to our friends over at Wikipedia, krautrock is defined as "a form of rock and electronic music that originated in Germany in the late 1960s, with a tendency towards improvisation around minimalistic arrangements." Though the style had its adherents in the 1970s - famed tastemaker/DJJohn Peel among the most well-known of them - the style never caught on in a commercial sense outside Germany.
But the style - hypnotic, pulsing, almost tone-poem music - never went away. Julian Cope went so far as to write a book about it, 1995's Krautrocksampler: One Head's Guide to the Great Kosmische Musik - 1968 Onwards. And thanks in no small part of Cope's championing of the music made by groups such as Amon Düül II and Faust, krautrock has persisted right into the 21stcentury.
The music of Nik Turner (late of Hawkwind) lends itself especially well to a krautrock approach, especially in a live setting. So it's no surprise that beginning around 2013, Turner enlisted the able aid of an outfit naming themselves after a city halfway between Hanover and Berlin. Hedersleben features the guitar work of Nicky Garratt, the British musician best known for his work in seminal punk group UK Subs. American drummer Jason Willer also played in UK Subs with Garratt, and Bryce Shelton (from San Francisco) plays bass with Hedersleben. Keyboardist Kephera Moon is also from San Francisco. All of this may make you wonder what exactly is the German connection to this band. Good question; the answer lies within their music and their overall sonic approach.
The band does a bit of shape-shifting: when they record or perform with Turner, they're sometimes billed As Nik Turner's Hawkwind. When backing Swiss musician Joel Vandroogenbroeck, they're the current-day lineup of psychedelic band Brainticket.
But when they play their own music - the largely instrumental examples of which are showcased on Die Neuen Welten (The New Worlds), Hedersleben have a personality all of their own. With Moon's Ray Manzarek-like organ work out front, the dreamscapes of tunes like "Zu Den Neuen Welten" and "XO5B" take their time to unfold. The densely-layered music floats along; Shelton's bass lines weave their way under the textures in a way that sometimes feels like Gary Wright's Moog bass circa The Dream Weaver. Garratt's often heavily-treated guitar soars above the mix in a decidedly non-punky fashion, and Willer's spellbinding drum patterns evoke warm memories of Nick Mason circa A Saucerful of Secrets.
Kephera Moon makes extensive use of synthesizers: Mellotron-sounding samples recall earlyTangerine Dream, and gurgling analog synth sounds show that she understand the intelligent uses to which synths can be applied; the synthesizers are never used as mere "sound effects.”
Garratt's lead guitar is a highlight of "On the Ground (Safe and Sound)," in which he solos over a chugging one-chord vamp. As with most of the band's work, vocals (here little more than the whispered/chanted recitation of the song's title) are mostly used as a textural element, rather than to convey anything like a story. That role is left to the music.
Garratt's acoustic guitar underpins some stinging lead guitar overdubs on "Nomad World (Dreamstate)." It's the gentlest tune on the disc, and some chanted ahhh-style vocalizing from Kati Knoxadds to the dreamy vibe made explicit by the title. The faraway-sounding "XO5B" feels like a Pink Floyd jam from theMore/Obscured by Clouds era; Garratt's fret-buzzing guitar and Moon's celestial organ work are the track's highlights.
The five-track album closes with "Tiny Flowers/Little Moon," at once the most conventional and most accessible tune on Die Neuen Welten. With standard signing (again courtesy Knox) and recognizable lyrics, here Hedersleben sounds of a piece with bands like The Black Angels. A vaguely sunshine-pop texture lends the tune an air not unlike the rare pop-leaning moments of The Velvet Underground and Nico. Moon's delicate piano work - occasionally punctuated by guitar stabs from Garratt - ends the album on an extended, reflective note.
Though there are no Germans on the album; though it was recorded in Oakland, California; , though it veers close to tuneful rock in places; Hedersleben's Die Neuen Welten is highly recommended on its own merits.
Bill Kopp's - Music Scribe USA
"Die neuen Welten" (new worlds) is the second album Hedersleben , California group that has opted for a German name for the sake of cosmic music in Germany, which sent in the 1970s of Germany status of former Nazi countries overcame the pioneer of space rock, which is still more friendly. Nicky Garratt(guitar), Kephera Moon (vocals), Kyrsten Bean(keyboards), Bryce Shelten (bass) and Jason Willer(drums) are a little Krautrock that reenactors are the pageants. The reenactors are the people who dress as soldiers of Napoleon to redo the battle of Waterloo every year, or are disguised as soldiers of the Wehrmacht to redo the battle of the bulge in a field of potatoes weekend , with period uniforms and authentic weapons gleaned from the street markets in the area. Well, Hedersleben are freaks who want to reconstruct historical detail pure and pristine spirit of German rock of the 70s, as they were in 1972 in Musicland Studios in Munich, Konrad Plank behind the console. But acquaintances of Hedersleben do not stop the German rock. Recently, the group participated in the album " Space Gypsy " by Nik Turner (ex-Hawkwind), a musician could not be more British. And besides, by the time this column appears, Hedersleben is in full American tour with Nik Turner, for whom they are the first part and then accompany them on stage as backing band. To further confuse the alleged but false Germanic roots group, Hedersleben may enroll on 1305 Unterharz label which, as its name does not indicate, is based in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the album "Die neuen Welten"sounds more German than German success. The first song "Zu den neuen Welten"is written without fault, zu more accusative to mean the movement. These Yanks are out of the Goethe Institute, it is not possible otherwise. This first piece is also the centerpiece of the album, with its seventeen minutes of intergalactic battle by passing "Star Wars" for a friendly rural comedy. Keyboards and electronic effects take over the pace and propel the song into a cosmic sarabande where you have to push the maximum retros to find Earth gravity. then follows a flurry of shorter titles that continue to keep the pressure on his astral maximum. The song is almost absent from the debate, except on the last track "Tiny flowers / Little Moon". The voice is also used as a wave of atmosphere on "XO5B" and resonates as such as the good old Gong period. Quarantine of minutes required for this expedition is a pretty stellar moment of happiness. With this second album, Hedersleben is a little more prominent than on her debut album track "Upgoer" .The band take the listener into a bath of space rock almost time between "Space oddity" by David Bowie, the solo works of Syd Barrett, the epics of Hawkwind and classic albums of Tangerine Dream. For a pageant is a pageant.
François Becquart - Music In Belgium (Rock Folk Blues) Belgium
To say that Hedersleben is both the opening and backing band for Nik Turner tells you everything you need to know about this German band. They play melodic, psychedelic, space rock similar to Turner, his former band Hawkwind, and most anything akin to its heyday in the Sixties and early Seventies. Die Neuen Welten, or The New Worlds, is their second album, giving me another reason to ignore any field trip back to Hippieland of yestyear. At least, back in the day, you could buy some decent reefer, because you'll need it for this album. But that's not a bad thing, hippie dudes.
That's it. Then, press repeat. It may come out different, but always sounds the same. The drone and repitition are necessary to keep the pyschedelic or narcotic tripping listener free floating before crashing down the next day.
The elements of psych/space rock are so simply formulaic to make it nearly condescending to the listener. There's the weird, unearthly, synthesizers, and maybe you can get some wanker to play the theremin. Piano is okay. Just be sure to repeat everything like a photocopier on cruise control. Toss in polyrhytmic beats and blather like that, in long pieces, seems to go on ad infinitum. Now throw in some psychedelic guitar leads to add some measure of spark, or allow a moderate bass solo here and there to give some prog reference. If you want vocals, make sure that they're gentle and soothing so as not to interrupt the buzz.
To this end, the title track (Zu) Die Neuen Welten, At The New Worlds, is basically an extended embellishment and improvisation of the keyboard layer of The Doors' Riders On The Storm. It's as if Ray Manzarek tossed out Jim Morrison and throttled the other band members by the throat and forced them to heed to maniacal synth overload. Nomad World and Xo5B merely soften space and psych tones so the chicks can stand and sway in their floor length flowered dresses, waving and flapping their arms in narcotic rhythm. The most interesting piece, though still following our formula, is (On The Ground) Safe and Sound merely because it's a guitar driven song, with the pychedelic lead line controlling the entire arrangement. It actually sounds pretty cool, staying essentially melodic until, of course, the guy has to weird out with unusual notes in the latter half of his solo.
As much as psychedelic space rock seems contrived and formulaic, it does take some skill to create it, and that's what sets Hedersleben apart. I'm guessing Nik Turner found the inner spirit and muse of his youth when he heard this band. They were destined to play together. So, in this sense, for space rock hippie types, Hedersleben's Die Neuen Welten is the real deal.
Craig Hartranft - Dangerdog Music Reviews - USA
Strange that this translates as ‘The New Worlds’ when the music here is defiantly old world. This German band, containing U.K. Subs originator Nicky Garrett and heavily involved with Nik Turner’s post-Hawkwind output, really know how to bring the essence, gentle air and nonsense of certain 1960’s Psychedelic Rock to the jaundiced ear.
This will all be heard through the prism of irony and cynicism of course, so that may make us place this in a compartment rather than just enjoying the abundance of sound; it may also make us look at where the music has been rather than where it can go. And of course we know it didn’t go to plan; heroin replaced acid, things got darker, the music got bigger and more monolithic.
But this represents a time when anything seems possible and music matched the mood. Here we have gossamer incantations and an inching guitar and organ line, reaching out to the busy guitar (‘On The Ground) Safe And Sound’, ‘Nomad World (Dreamstate)’ and ‘X05B’ which have doleful chimes along with whispering and a familiar sense of play, not interested in going anywhere, just content to “grow and be maaan...”
‘Zu Den Neuen Welten’ (‘About The New Worlds’) is long moments of frankly tedious throbbing and ‘Tiny Flowers/Little Moon’ is quite charming, bothering to take the time to build interest rather than throw all the elements together and murmur “it’s 1968, come on, get with it, square...”; it is lazy, but finds a groove which allows piano and organ, fitted onto a loose but meaty acoustic feel, to tickle our fancies somewhat.
You know, this could be seen as a gentler version of the 1960’s sales grab that a lot of bands are into at the moment. That may be a shame, as the beautifully constructed ululations show their love of sonics shaped like sunshine.
Steve Swift - Fireworks - UK
Playing before Nik Turner is Hedersleben from Germany. This instrumental band weaves undulating synth and guitar textures into acoustic fabric that slowly surrounds; the effect is enveloping, and over time, entrancing. Songs proceed forward without any return or repeat, evolving deliberately towards conclusion. The drums have a swinging jazzy quality yet remain subdued throughout, lending Hedesleben a somnolent character kind of like a sedative-injected Toe (Japanese band). In all of the songs, groove is central, and there is a subtle funk affectation without being overtly funky. It’s not a groove that makes you want to dance your ass off. Instead, it’s the cyclical groove of nodding off and coming to, filling your head with half-baked daydreams as you lapse and relapse into semi-consciousness. At times the band draws directly from 1970s progressive rock and in solid form, borrows instruments from the orchestra. The stark contrast between this band and Nik Turner feels right in a way; as if this band provides a mediative preparation to put the cacophonous explosion that follows into context.
Unraveled Music - International
The recent sonic attack in my district with Nik Turner was made doubly indelible withHedersleben backing our beloved voyager as well as doing their own set before we left this world. With guitarist Nicky Garratt (UK Subs) out front, Hedersleben have not only backed Turner, but aided and abetted in recording his wonderful 'Space Gypsy' album and backed a reunited Brainticket. That curricula vitae says more than enough right there, and their second album 'Die Neuen Welten' backs it up for the finicky. 'Die Neuen Welten,' (The New Worlds) is a sonic homage to the planets and systems that NASA's Kepler telescope uncovered and as sturdy a craft as any to get you to them, in them and around them. That august fleet would include the like minds of outfits such as Hawkwind, Igra Staklenih Perli, Brainticket, Amon DÃ¼Ã¼l and a myriad of late '60s and '70s 'nauts and Krautrockers. It's a history rich and thick brew that can easily feed a number of hankerings.
Hedersleben start out with the lengthy 'Zu den neuen Welten' charting their own trek with navigational devices tried, true and flexible. It's not simply another recreation of a certain sound or genre exercise, though they make it clear from the tinkling and twinkling tide that gradually rises in that they've got as firm of a grasp on their history lessons as any starfarer regardless of their place in the timeline. One of the biggest vibrations, and vibes, of 'Zu den neuen Welten' is that it feels part of a bigger timeline, a continuum that can seemingly go on forever. And in the hands of Hedersleben does. '(On the Ground) Safe and Sound' approaches the sea of fire in whole other manner with a stripped down killer stop and start space-Kraut chug matched by mildly sinister vocals that turn the title into a mantra. It's one of those simple, circular beats that could easily be worked as long as they wanted. Chances are no matter how long they do, you'd always think it could go on just a bit more. There's a different more on their collective mind with 'Nomad World (Dreamstate)' that works a similar repeating obicularity that moves along your axis of choice, but with an acoustic bent. Kephera Moon and Kati Knox work the voices, either alone or in tandem, for a yearning, subtle siren call that is brief, but effective and reaches across the distances. Their vocals are again a soft, important layer of 'XO5B,' but it's Bryce Shelton's bass that gives the song it's rubbery and bulbous heart accented by drummer Jason Willer's (UK Subs) restrained shuffle. The overall effect is a soothing, bobbing glide ride through a river of gas that, like '(On the Ground) Safe and Sound,' could be worked indefinitely. Words form in the vocals on closer 'Tiny Flowers / Little Moon,' another rubbery cut with a thicker lilt that is as drift-friendly as 'XO5B' in a whole other, deceptively accessible, way. The coasting turns to dispersal with a piano focused ride out that brings the whole album's ride to a serene vapor ending that almost screams for you to turn around in that wormhole and find that set of entry coordinates offered by 'Zu den neuen Welten' and begin again. Which is only way to enjoy 'Die Neuen Welten' since we've already laid out there are plenty of systems and worlds to explore. It's tempting to follow that by saying 'you're ride's here,'but as Hedersleben made perfectly clear on 'Zu den neuen Welten,' it's always been here, they just have their own vehicle.
Mr Atavist - Sunrise Ocean Bender - USA
From Oakland, CA comes the second album from the psychedelic rock band Hedersleben entitled "Die Neuen Welton" which means "The New World". The album will be self-released on August 26th and features the spacey guitar work of UK Subs member Nicky Garratt. The subject of the new release is the discovery of Kepler (the space telescope), which confirmed nearly 1,000 extrasolar plants in 76 different star systems. The album features only five songs, beginning with the seventeen-and-a-half minute "Zu Den Neven Welten." The band brings you along on a journey through sound and space as they stretch out their sound, which makes Pink Floyd's "Meddle" sound like a pop song compared to this adventurous piece of music. The rest of the album has a more seventies mainstream rock appeal as displayed in the heavy rock of "(On The Ground) Safe And Sound" and with the light progressive rock feel of "Tiny Flowers/Little Moon."
JP's Music Blog - USA