Saturday, 30 January 2016
Novalis - Novalis (1975)
The second album from this German band.
This band was a five piece band on this album with a lineup of keyboards, bass, drums, guitars and vocals. German vocals, thankfully.
This is one of the German bands who were operating just below the surface without really getting a big breakthrough. In this respect and in many other respects, they can be compared with Wallenstein. Novalis had a good following though.
German bands means krautrock in many eyes and ears. But Germany also had a big and very productive symphonic prog rock scene too. Novalis is a product of that scene.
Novalis does symphonic prog on their own terms, though. The first two tracks on this five tracks album has got a very nice Hammond organ who sounds like a church organ here.
The opening track Sonnengeflecht is a good track with some good synths. It makes me believe we are in for something great here.
The second track Wer Schmetterlinge Lachen Hort is by far the best song here with some very good vocals followed by some very good guitar works and time changes. A great ten minutes long track.
The final three tracks is much more a mix of symphonic prog and space rock. Symphonic krautrock ? I feel that is a very good label for this album. A very good album who does not fully completes the distance. I really like this band and this thirty-five minutes long album.