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Vibravoid: Mushroom Mantras

Here is my latest discovery in the world of psychedelic and German inspired rock music (I really dislike using the term Krautrock, not wanting to offend anyone). The band Vibravoid hails from Dusseldorf, Germany and released their debut album 2001 in 2000 and have released fifteen studio albums thus far. As far as I can tell the band is heavily influenced by late ‘60s to early ‘70s psychedelic in the vein of early Pink Floyd. Being Pink Floyd is my favourite band who am I to complain about that?

Mushroom Mantras is all about retro psych which they do very well starting with the first track “Om Gang Ganpataye Namah”. Chistian Koch (vocals, guitars) has a mellow and calm vocal delivery where he sings, “all you need to blow your mind you will find if you just looked around…Mushroom”. Yes, the lyrics match the music perfectly invoking the spirit of the ‘60s. It’s catchy, melodic and trippy with a nice groove with whirling guitar and keyboards. A bit heavier is “The Legend Of Doctor Robert”, another fine example of retro psych with its biting guitar tones and weird echo effects on the vocals. “Echoes Of Time” is a cool space rock groove with cosmic sounding synths and deadpan vocals. I could imagine teenagers in the ‘60s listening to music like this while in a drug induced haze. Although the songs do not change a great deal from one to the next there are enough subtle differences to make this album highly enjoyable and what this threesome do they do very well. “The Orange Coat” at almost twenty minutes has the band developing a great groove after a trippy intro of sitar and effects. It’s a laid back affair but the guitar still has plenty of razor-like bite. At the end of the disc you also get three bonus tracks that were recovered from a tape that was presumed lost. The band’s spacey synths and other worldly sounds is at the core of these quite experimental tracks. More Pink Floyd can be heard, especially in the weird effects and synths. Very cool indeed.

Mushroom Mantras is easily recommended and one I would consider essential for all psychedelic and space rock fans. Excellent stuff.

Track Listing:
1. Om Gang Ganpataye Namah
2. The Legend Of Doctor Robert
3. Echoes Of Time
4. Sarveshaam Svastir Bhavatu
5. Apollo69
6. Purple Pepper
7. The Orange Coat
Bonus Tracks
8. Krautfaktor I
9. Krautfaktor II
10. Krautfaktor III

Added: April 27th 2019
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
Hits: 305
Language: english

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