Various Artists

(The Microcosm): Visionary Music Of Continental Europe, 1970-1986

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Light In The Attic

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The followup to Light In The Attic’s game-changing I Am The Center box set is finally here....

Three years in the making, The Microcosm: Visionary Music Of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 is the first major overview of key works from cosmically-taped in artists needing little introduction — Vangelis, Ash Ra Tempel, and Popol Vuh — and and unknown masterpieces by criminally overlooked heroes like Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys...

Whereas I Am The Center called for a reconsideration of an entire maligned genre, The Microcosm requests nothing more than an open mind to consider this ambient, new age, neuzeit, prog, krautrock, cosmic, holistic stuff, whatever one calls it — as a pulsating movement unto itself, a mirror refracting the American new age scene in unexpected, electrifying ways, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt the universality of the timeless quest to express “the Ineffable” through music.

Drawing from major label budgets and homemade cassette distributed circumstances alike, The Microcosm demonstrates a depth of peace profound to behold, and clearly expands the boundaries. Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented by producer Douglas Mcgowan (Yoga Records) and liner notes contributor Jason Patrick Woodbury (Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard), The Microcosm features stunning cover paintings by Étienne Trouvelot, and labels by Finnish savant Aleksanda Ionowa.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Chakras fully aligned after their expansive introduction to America's new age movement, 'I Am The Center', Light In The Attic hop across the pond to explore the cosmic vibrations and healing frequencies of Europe's spirit guides. Floating through German kosmische, Italian ambient and prog Français, '(The Microcosm)' resonates deep within your soul, courses through your body and opens your mind wider than an orgonite overdose.

TRACK LISTING

1. Vangelis - Creation Du Monde
2. Ralph Lundsten - Bön 5 - Förlåt Oss Våra Skulder (Prayer 5 - Forgive Us Our Debts)
3. Ash Ra Tempel - Le Sourire Volé
4. Popol Vuh - Brüder Des Schattens - Söhne Des Lichts (abridged)
5. Ariel Kalma - Orguitar Soir
6. Bernard Xolotl - Cometary Wailing (Valley Plateau)
7. Peter Michael Hamel - Einklang
8. Francesco Messina - Untitled
9. Roedelius - Wenn Der Südwind Weht
10. Deutsche Wertarbeit - Der Grosse Atem
11. Robert Julian Horky - Dance For A Warrior
12. Karl Schaffner & Lothar Grimm - Caravan
13. Suzanne Doucet & Christian Buehner - Shivas Dance
14. Enno Velthuys - Morning Glory
15. Deuter - Spirales
16. Gigi Masin - Ship Beetel 

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