Ejwuusl Wessahyqqan

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The name of this obscure Krautrock band from Munich, Germany with ties to Amon Duul II comes from a collection of surrealistic short stories by Clark Ashton Smith. Their music was a dreamlike and highly…
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The name of this obscure Krautrock band from Munich, Germany with ties to Amon Duul II comes from a collection of surrealistic short stories by Clark Ashton Smith. Their music was a dreamlike and highly improvised blend of psychedelic space rock, fusion, and progressive rock.

The group, consisting of Michael Winzker on keys, Jurgen Wollenberg on drums, Robert Hierl on guitar and Rene Filous on bass and his homemade seven-string Filouphone, formed in February 1971 as Time of Waste, but Hierl vanished the next year and took that name with him. The trio instead adopted the name Ejwuusl Wessahggan to match their desire to work on more experimental music. They had a large rehearsal space that became a hangout for other Munich musicians and fans. Over the next several years, often with whoever happened to be at hand, they recorded material with a very loose and experimental atmosphere. Except for a bonus track on the CD reissue of their one album, none of this material has ever been released.

During this time the band gigged often in the local area, and developed enough of a following that a record release was the next logical step. Unable to find a label willing to take them on, they decided to release the record themselves. In 1975 they recorded the album on two tracks with no overdubs, and released 300 copies of the highly original eponymous LP that same year. The next year they did a one-hour concert on Bavarian Radio. In the late 70s the group, whose musical directions had never been too focused, began to splinter, and discussions about the group?s future among the band members often ended in arguments.

Filous departed in 1979, and the remaining members, joined by Christian Hoffmann on synthesizer, renamed themselves Koala-Bar, a group generally considered lighter and more pop sounding. Wollenberg?s suicide in February 1981 caused Koala-Bar to dissolve, though a self-titled tape recorded in 1980 was released posthumously.