A true long playing masterpiece. 4 twisting pathways of essential mystic electronics, that reward the patient listener. "Ether" adds a new context for Wermut's previous work ; and confirms them as torchbearers for the older traditions in cosmic electronic music.
Favorite track: Desert Eye.
After four years of intense cosmic labour, here comes full-length number five from the prog-electro duo, now turned trio with multi-instrumentalist NIEDOWIERZANIE joining forces, and assisted by guest drummer FALKO GRAU. The four long trance inducing Berlin-school influenced psychedelic pieces will take you on an 85 minutes long journey to the fountain of life. This new opus is without a doubt the band’s most traditionalist work to date, reflecting on the quintessence, the doctrine of the five elements, the cycles, the holy mountain, the world tree and what has been the bands most recurring symbolic interest: the heart of the world. Some “Tomhetian” melodies here, a hint of Southern Rock à la EARTH and Post-Rock à la GYBE there, a soupcon of 80s minimal wave romanticism and a bit of Cascadian feeling combined with loads of pulsating analogue sequencing in the style of ASH RA TEMPEL, TANGERINE DREAM and TIM BLAKE, “Ether” is the logical continuation of works like “Anna” and “Les Nuits Dalmates”, moving further away from the new wave of the 80s and investigating the more obscure psychedelics of the 70s… Enter the realm of metaphysical Post-Kraut-Rock!
Originally released 2010 on Reue um Reue as vinyl DLP
"“Ether” is nothing but a hauntingly beautiful album in every aspect, mainly aural, of course, but also visually, not only the artwork is meant, if you allow, food for your inner eye. Four tracks, each around 20 minutes long, touching the genres ranging from Berlin Electronica, Krautrock, Ambient, Psychedelic Rock, to Cosmic Space Music or whatever you wanna call it. But in the end, this is very organic, melancholic and interesting music using quite a variety of electronic, electric and acoustic instruments. Berlin-school-like sequences with subtle acoustic drums meet psycheledic guitars and melancholic accordeon or harmonium. Then also subtle floating drones and harmonies and male/female vocals all to form, as the group puts it, their metaphysical Post-Kraut-Rock. WERMUT may become a group filling the gap as left behind when Coil ceased to exist, already “Ether” loved by anyone calling themselves a Coil fan, and thus the edition of only 310 copies and thus the sales numbers should be much higher. This is honest quality music and one the highlights of 2010. Go for it while you can, and dare to really listen and you will find it’s only pure joy. " AnnaLogue, November 27, 2010
released February 1, 2018
Cello, Trumpet, Accordion, Mandolin, Charango, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Effects, Sounds (Field Recordings) – Léo Maury
Drums – Falko Grau
Voice, Synthesizer, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Melodica, Electronic Drums, Effects – Laszlo P.S.
Voice, Synthesizer, Flute, Harmonium – Sofia E.R.
Additional Vocals – Die Bekannten Post-Industriellen Urpferde
WERMUT was founded in 2001 in Hamburg, Germany, by Laszlo P.S. and Sofia E.R..
Defying any easy genre-labelling, their
music moves insidiously from post-apocalyptic minimal-wave to psychedelic prog-electro with folk and industrial undertones. WERMUT claim Tradition in general and the works of French metaphysician René Guénon in particular as their main source of inspiration....more