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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Vindharpen “Rejsen Til Yenan” 1975 Danish Private Prog Folk



Antoine de St Exupery disappeared on a night flight over Africa in the second world war, presumably shot down in the desert. This is what makes it so ironic that he is best known for “Le petit prince” the greatest of all children’s books, in which the prince dies in the desert to return to his home planet. The work is great because it can be read on so many levels. On the one hand it’s clearly a hallucination, on the other it’s a fable about a homesick space-traveling child, mainly it’s about the overwhelming sadness of losing your childhood in the world of adults. It’s odd that no other artist (to my knowledge) has used the story for a concept album, but here we have one from Denmark. Curiously absent is the planetary or sci-fi angle. Instead we get a very varied instrumentation with some accordeon, fiddles, a lot of basic acoustic stuff, piano, guitar, flute, plus sitars, mandolins. 

It starts strong with a gentle intro leading into hard and fast piano with xylophones, congas, some synthesizer in a subtle use. Some songs evoke the bazaars of north africa, which never really make an appearance in the book, maybe this belongs to the hollywood version of the story. But there are very delicate acoustic folk ballads, with the melancholy so typical of northern european music, which reflect the sadness of the book. The overall quality is similar to Camel but slightly less sophisticated and smooth and with a middle eastern vibe….ProgNotFrog….~


VINDHARPEN is a true piece of underground from the danish farmland. Originally came in very small numbers as a private pressing on MC in 1975. 

This musical sitarjourney leads you through a mystical world filled with exotic instruments and eastern vibes. The acoustic sounds go from hypnotic soundscapes to fragile melancholic folk. Gypsy violin, stoned ragas and backwards voices are bound to send your inner acidhead out in the open. VINDHARPENS progressive and psychedelic folkrock is a garden filled with fairytales and flying carpets. We were lucky enough to get the original mastertapes and were able to create the crystalclear sound this music deserves. 

Danish rock music has nearly no tradition of sitar and eastern influences but this one is different. In the future we will present a lot more recordings from the 70’s experimental underground of Aalborg. From fragile folk to hardrocking acid sounds, livingroom recordings, aularamblings and guitar overdosed live concerts…..~


The only album from this little-known band from the small town of Aalborg was recorded in a private studio and was first released on tape in 1975. By using the original tapes of that record, the album was reissued in 2002 by Orpheus on vinyl.
From the very first chord, the album introduces the listener to a certain mystical world, full of strange sounds of exotic instruments. Hypnotic instrumental kaleidoscope and fragile melancholic folk. Gypsy violin, precise rhythm and reversed voices. This progressive, psychedelic folk rock will lead you to the land of flowers with flying carpets. There are very few instances of such a mixture of Eastern and Western influences in the Danish tradition. Apart from a few obscure points of acid rock, there has never been such a common use of sitar in Danish rock records. ….~


Tracklist 

A1 Asteroide B612 3:40 
A2 Blomster 2:50 
A3 Rosenhaven 3:05 
A4 Baobab 3:30 
A5 Slangen 4:05 
A6 Hotel Kazar 2:20 
B1 Nær 9:25 
B2 Ekkodalen 1:40 
B3 Ørkenvandring 2:30 
B4 Morgensang 4:20 
B5 Yenans Porte 1:43 



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