The date Sulatron Records has given for the release of Krautzone‘s second album, Spiritual Retreat, is “around 15th of June,” so when I say “this month” above, it’s right in the middle of the month. Whatever day it actually shows up, Spiritual Retreat will be released in an edition of 777 copies on black vinyl only by the now-six-piece band, four of whose members also play in Zone Six, two of whose members play in Electric Moon and one of whose members is Dave “Sula Bassana” Schmidt, who not only runs Sulatron but has his solo-project through it as well.
Krautzone‘s 2014 debut, Kosmiche Rituale (review here), was comprised of three extended tracks, but Spiritual Retreat whittles that down even further to two massive, 20-plus-minute jams. If you’re looking for something molten and swirling, it’s a safe bet they’ll deliver.
Side note: I’ll be streaming the full new album, Love Monster, from Zone Six later this week, so keep an eye out. In the meantime:
Krautzone was formed in September 2011 automatic – it just created itself totally spontaneous and autonomous: They met at the moonbase, to spend a nice time together. THE moment came and they decided to play music, so they fired the aggregates, pressed the recording button and improvised on the fly. After this session they all thought it’s like holidays from their actual bands like Electric Moon, Zone Six, The Pancakes…
A substratum of these sessions, you can listen to on the current record, which is made totally in accordance with the zeitgeist of Krautrock!
The recordings for this album were done in the same two days Krautzone recorded their debut album Kosmische Rituale!
Spheric and magic seeming improvisations of Krautrock and Kosmische Musik, highlighted by subdued, percussively played shamanic drums and flurry psychedelic synthesizers. Monothonic bass and cosmic guitar build the room.
Lay back, relax and enjoy Krautzone!
Mixed and produced by Sula Bassana and mastered by Eroc! Coverdesign by Lulu Artwork!
This record is limited to 777 copies on heavy black quality vinyl, it comes with insert, and will not be re-released in this format again.
Sula Bassana (Electric Moon, Zone Six) – Synthies, Recording & Mixing
Komet Lulu (Electric Moon, Zone Six) – Drums, Design
Modulfix (Zone Six) – Synthies
Onkel Kaktus – Bass
Rainer Neeff (The Pancakes, Zone Six) – Guitar
Baba Lali – cosmic atmosphere producing and dancing
Spiritual Retreat Part 1 (22:48)
Spiritual Retreat Part 2 (21:52)