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As the summer sun waxes heavy on a thousand English garden lawns, why not kick off your shoes, pour yourself a glass of something cold and zone out to some pretty neo-Kraut? Sounds good to me, and here’s just the record for the occasion. Abracadabra, the second LP from Daniel Fridlund Brandt’s Free/Slope project, is an extremely pretty collection of contemporary kosmische that shows off plenty of Can, Neu! and Spacemen 3.


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  • DD61 / White vinyl LP on Deep Distance / Sound Effect Records. Limited edition of 500 copies in reverse board sleeve

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Abracadabra by Free/Slope
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7/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 July 2018

If you need any more kraut rock then Deep Distance is the label to go to. Like Polytechnic Youth it's narrow sound field works to its advantage. You know what you are getting and like all their other releases this assured album from Daniel Brandt taps into that spacey, synthy form of kraut rock that can be traced back all the way to early Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream.

What it lacks I suppose are surprises. Where the likes of Hookworms use kraut rock as a building base for experiments in pop, Brandt is content to find a chord, stick to it and flutter myriad synths and e-bowed guitars around it.  What results is a dream-like collage made out of improvisations. Jams like 'Magic Wand' are going to appeal to fans of the more out there elements of Pink Floyd with some serious Rick Wright synth twiddles, there's enough guitar interplay here to keep Emeralds fans happy and the spacey jams will be honey in the ears of aficionados of everything from Amon Duul to Spacemen three but the album lacks a real focus. It's a one chord sprawl throughout jammed full of busy synth arrangements and fluttery solos.  Nostalgia rather than progression I suppose but it's certainly not alone in this field. 


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