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Monday, January 29, 2007

Monday Music Milestones

Popol Vuh
Hosianna Mantra
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(Released 1972)
You probably know Popol Vuh best for scoring such Werner Herzog classics as Aguirre, and Fitzcaralado. However, Popl Vuh was also one of the most influential of the Krautrock bands of the early 70's. This is a strange recomendation, since I am the first person to hate on the whole prog rock movement of the timeperiod, but this is everything that most Prog rock was not. While Popol Vuh was the first band to employ the use of the Moog synth, Florian Fricke, sold his to Klaus Schulze (who you might see in a monday to come) and turned to world music in the lead up to making this album. This is an album of opposites. One very much tied to the ideas of the time, of some sort of worldwide cosmic connection, but that sounds classicaly timeless. It combines the instruments of the west, and the musical language of the east. It has moments of grand silence, and some sublime vocals by classically trained Djong Yun. At a time when music was as flamboyant, and self-indulgent as ever, this is a subtle, spiritualy minded meditation, and one of Rock music's lost milestones.


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