– GUERRILLA WARFARE –
The notoriously elusive Karl Hector and the Malcouns have broken with tradition and followed up March LP Non Ex Orbis with an instant, playful new single Orange Man.
Given that it usually takes the Munich-based quartet roughly six years to release new material, that’s quite a turn-around from Mssrs Weissenfeldt (also known as JJ Whitefield) and Curulija – who, nowadays, are joined by Al X Markovic (bass) and Marja Burchard (Vocals/Keys/Vibraphone).
Orange Man is a typically trippy, psychedelic-as-standard, swamp-rock stomp, ragging around in a time-signature that artfully resists restraint.
But what I especially love about it is the way in which the Eastern influences really come to the fore in Burchard’s vocals and flute parts.
It is, it seems to me, the very epitome of freedom, flying high in the air on currents only it can navigate.
Orange Man is out now through Kryptox.
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P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –