Ejwuusl Wessahyqqan

Ejwuusl Wessahyqqan

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This oddly named trio from Munich, Germany, was only able to release this one eponymous album in 1975, and even at that the bandmembers had to release it on their own. The original album consisted of just four tracks, and while in places there are the classical music ripping prog rock moves that one might expect from a combo with the same instrument lineup as ELP, Ejwuusl Wessahqqan is far more raw and with more varied styles, mixing in space rock as well as improvisation. The opening track has a manic garage band energy mixed with some progressive keyboard flourishes. The second track is space rock mixed with raga, relaxed and full of opium haze with droning dissonances. After the short, snappy third piece, the final cut is a long, wild improvisation, with a loose but pounding rhythm section and the keys doing everything from drones and shrieks to complex solos. The CD also includes four bonus tracks. A couple of these, by Ejwuusl Wessahqqan, are cut from the same cloth as the LP pieces, with lots of energy and improvisation as the keyboard solos around the punchy stomping rhythm section. All of Ejwuusl's stuff is instrumental, but the last two pieces by Koala-Bear, keyboardist Michael Winzker's subsequent band, are song-oriented tracks. "The Crystal" is a dark folk piece, with acoustic guitar and keyboard, whereas "Le Mer" has odd rhythms with droned singing and the sound of waves ("Le Mer" is "The Sea" in French) over heavy synth lines.

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