Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Love Machine "Times to Come" 2018 Germany Psych Space Rock,Kraut Rock


Love Machine  "Times to Come"  2018 Germany Psych Space Rock,Kraut Rock
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In times of emerging cold and fear LOVE MACHINE preach the joy of love . Their new record is an indirect witness of the last moving years that have been passed since the release of LOVE MACHINE’s last record. 
Times To Come shows the band’s unbound lust to play and their deep believe in the power of eternal groove. 
Folk Rock and Rock'n'Roll influences connect with contemporary Psychedelia, harmonic vocals and slide guitars meet up with analog synthesizers and Voodoo percussion. All that parts melt to a sweaty, mind-opening cocktail of Americana and Kraut Rock. 
Pushed be the beardiest rhythm section of our time and finalized by two guitar’s great love story, LOVE MACHINE offer nothing less than salvation. 
Singer Marcel Rösche is the shaman, the maniac and visionary, enthroning above everything and being beyond any doubt. 
Rösche’s vocals are supported by the harmonies of Bonn based weird Folk duo The Mañana People. 
With the release of pre-album CIRCLES in spring 2016 LOVE MACHINE established their status as the hottest must-see in German underground. 
The video of the single Sun Paradox is rotating on MTV Germany, legendary Klaus Fiehe calls the album craziest shit and his new favourite German album of 2016. 
Followed up by endless touring all over Germany and performances on festivals such as Copenhagen Psych Fest, Open Source, c/o Pop or Burg Herzberg as well as supporting acts like von Kikagaku Moyo, Acid Mothers Temple, Boris and The Flying Eyes. 
But the LOVE MACHINE is not satisfied with spreading the love only on the German territory. Also France, England, Denmark, Switzerland and Poland have already been in the machinery of love. 
And LOVE MACHINE won’t rest until every human being has tasted the pulp of love and peace…..~


The release sheet by Unique Records – among others – reads: Genre: Americana, Folk-Rock… What? Is there something wrong here? Or there’s a significant ‘turn’ on band’s musical direction? Having in mind their previous 2 remarkable albums (“A Present To The Galaxy” in 2014 and “Circles” in 2016) I was really anxious and curious about their 3rd LP. Yes! I was surprised while I was listening! I guess it was a pleasant surprise and not an unhappy one. The album starts with “Got To Love”, bringing to mind an early 70s Jim Morrison mix with a pinch of the “Hair” musical and a strong Phantom’s Divine Comedy musical feeling! “To The Universe” is an acoustic rhythmic ballad almost unplugged emerging an electric west coast late 60s feeling. “Blue Eyes” has an interesting solid rhythm section and some improvised guitar strings. Side B opens with “Solar Phallus”, indicating an adventurous flute sound with peculiar theatrical almost operatic vocals under a weird trippy folkie background. “Visions” has a creepy atmosphere, scary sounds, sporadic drumming and spacey effects, flirting with prog-rock. The self-titled “Times To Come” is a spiritual kind of folkie semi-acoustic ballad while the LP closes with “Earth, Again” a happy rhythmic tune with a middle section full of improvisational percussions that gradually becomes a jam session. So, after a few listening sessions, I must say that the sure thing about this album is that it’s a mature one, so lyrically as musically. It’s a very esoteric album, and if someday I fix my TimeMachine, I would like to move to the Big Sur, in the early 70s, and listen to Love Machine opening the Fest by playing this album in its entity! (TLM) …~
 

Third album by Düsseldorf-based Love Machine. Folk rock and rock'n'roll influences connect with contemporary psychedelia; harmonic vocals and slide guitars meet up with analog synthesizers and voodoo percussion. All these parts melt to a sweaty, mind-opening cocktail of Americana and krautrock….~


Love Machine are on a mission to spread the word of LOVE to the world and beyond on their sun-soaked procession of peace. ‘Times to come’ the third record from the eternal groovers, released earlier this month on Unique Records, is an airy, gently paced swinger leading you from the sunken-kraut-rock hollows of Dusseldorf, across the rock ‘n’ roll plains of America, out into the universe and back again. It’s like a medieval pagan folk troupe going to the moon in a shiny canoe. But don’t fret, there’s time to stop and smell the daisies, breathe in the air between the chords and taste the lilacs in this strolling folk soiree before you’re beamed across the galaxy. 

Led by frontman Marcel Rosche whose gritty, hollow vocals sound as if you are undergoing a masonic ritual initiation into a secret interplanetary society, and backed by sunlight lullaby harmonies, the band range through folk and rock, touching on a sunny country psychedelia. Its here, somewhere between the strung-out-krautrock and the folkadelia that the stage is set for ‘Times to Come’. 
The message of love is chimed from the beginning in the opening track “Got to Love” with rhythmic bass line and playful, rolling guitar which sets us off on our sunlight journey arriving at almost gospel-like vocals willing us to love, a message to the world. From this blissful summery perch we follow the Love Machine on their quest through the universe winding through the seismic scaling slide guitar in their single “Blue Eyes”, which in times, feels like you are careening into a wormhole and swirling through outer space. Coupled with the haunting and other-worldly instrumental “Vision”, its easy to get the impression of leaving this world aboard the S. S. Love Machine and sailing across the cosmos.
The album reaches an emotional peak on the title track “Times to Come”, with its rock ‘n’ roll one-two, a song which sounds like folk swamis taking over the temple. There is something both tribal and other-worldly seeping through here. Have we stepped through the door and reached our destination, we ask. We have travelled to the farthest point, where the sun cannot reach, into the darkness, the times ahead, the ‘Times to Come’ where “the world is dark, the end is near”. Then, like any good daydream we drift back with “Earth, Again”, with free percussion, elongated draw and swirling licks that acclimatise us to the flower-bed in the sun and the ultimate message of love. What have we learnt on our voyage through the stars? It’s all going to be groovy! 
Like last years ‘Circles‘, the album showcases the musical talent this quintet posses and their unique sound and strata for propelling their message. Taking on wind instruments, analogue synthesizers and haunting percussion speaks to the breadth of sound and transmits something light and airy and yet also astronomical and swirling. When two sounds entwine, such as the deep bravado of Rosche to the light and rhythmic guitar and airy drums, we get an abstract mix, both inflated and sunken at the same time. It plays to the raw-folkish side of the band and their pilgrimage to preach their own message of groovy love. Folk, rock, kraut, psych, it makes no difference, it’s all love and The Love Machine is definitely turned on, so tune yourself in….by Dane Harrison…..~





Music for long hair and long beards just seems to be back in fashion. The new record by Love Machine also appeals to less discerning contemporaries like me, provided you like psychedelic rock music and the sound of the sixties. 
“Times to come” is the title of this new record, even though the music is more in the past than in the future. This music could have already appeared in the late 60s or early 70s. Today, on the other hand, it is a small, but neat, manageable niche, in which, however, always quite interesting discoveries can be made, such as Jacco Gardener, the Temples with their album Sun Structures, the Blackberries or Suzan Köcher and Palace Fever. In this context fits also Love Machine. 
Although the band comes from Düsseldorf, it sounds less krautrockig for me in the style of new than Anglo-American. It may be that I have this impression because of the striking, preacher-like singing, for which there are certainly also famous role models. 
“Times to come” is in my opinion a really nice album, which musically does not matter to me, apart from the fact that it is a little short with just under 37 minutes, but the quality does not detract. Enjoy listening to Love Machine….by Alba…~




Credits 
Backing Vocals – Alvaro Arrango, Tim Weissinger 
Bass – Thibaut Sanli 
Drums, Percussion, Flute – Noel Lardon 
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar – Hendrik Patoka Siems* 
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Synthesizer – Felix Wursthorn 
Vocals – Hendrik Patoka*, Marcel Rösche 


Tracklist 
A1 Got To Love 6:58 
A2 To The Universe 4:01 
A3 Blue Eyes 7:53 
B1 Solar Phallus 4:20 
B2 Visions 4:14 
B3 Times To Come 2:45 
B4 Earth, Again 6:40 

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