Genre/Influences: Experimental-rock, rock-wave, krautrock.
Background/Info: Albin Julius got some fame with Der Blutharsch. This neo-folk driven project got renamed into Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand and started to explore different music paths. An impressive number of productions got released over the past 8 years while Albin Julius clearly likes working together with other artists. “Desire” is a new collaboration between Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand and the American krautrock formation White Hills.
Content: The psychedelic influence is the first thing you can hear on this 5-tracks productions. The opening song is a fascinating exploration mixing dark 80s influences with pure 60s psychedelics. The other songs feature similar elements with intriguing female vocals on top.
+ + + : “Desire” is an interesting production featuring two bands sharing similar music ideas. It however remains something particular, but definitely original. I like this psychedelic approach, which mainly comes through at the opening song. Another attention grabber is the darker title-song carried by a superb, deep bass line. This EP reminds me to the good old 12” format from the 80s featuring different songs and no remixes! Notice by the way “Desire” has been also released on vinyl format.
– – – : Both last cuts can’t totally convince me; it feels a bit as the magic from the opening part has been lost.
Conclusion: Der Blutharsch And The Infinite Church Of The Leading Hand never stops to surprise, but in the meantime the band clearly moves on experimenting with psychedelic-rock, krautrock and related genres. This is a new and interesting collaboration.
Best songs: “Nom De Guerre”, “Desire”.