Now this is more like it! California Krautrock/prog/space rock act Hedersleben simply made a 'nice' little exploration on their 2013 debut Upgoer, but here on their sophomore release Die Neuen Welten, the band really have seemed to hit their stride. Now with the line-up of Nicky Garratt (Guitars), Kephera Moon (Keys), Kati Knox (Vocals), Bryce Shelton (Bass), and Jason Willer (Drums/Percussion) the band have created here a dramatic & enjoyable set of space rock that will instantly take you back to the early 1970s. Since the recording of the album earlier this year, Ariana Wagaman has joined on vocals, violin, and keyboards.
Things kick off with the spooky "Zu Den Neuen Welten", a near 18-minute journey into nightmarish Krautrock/space rock, complete with elements of vintage Tangerine Dream and Hawkwind, as synths blip and bleat amid tricky rhythms and jagged guitar lines. "(On the Ground) Safe n Sound" is a bubbling, heavy prog affair, as Garratt's distorted guitar solos & riffs cut through the haze of psychedelic keyboards, while "Nomad World (Dreamstate)" is more pastoral in nature, as gentle acoustic guitar & soothing vocals drift through your senses, occasionally broken up by legato electric guitar lines or ominous synth & organ passages. Moon's prog rock styled organ & synths return on the spacey "X05B", another Hawkwind influenced exploration into deep dark space. The album concludes with the lush "Tiny Flowers/Little Moon", as Knox gently delivers her ethereal vocals over a wash of synths, acoustic guitar, light percussion and yearning electric guitar lines. It's a tranquil end to Die Neuen Welten, an album with many ebbs & flows, lots of little nuances popping up that tantalize your senses without trying to do too much but certainly providing enough of a spark to keep you hooked from start to finish. It's a huge improvement from their debut, and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.
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Zu Den Neuen Welten 17:34
(On the Ground) Safe n Sound 04:16
Nomad World 05:00
Tiny Flowers/Little Moon 04:29