No other than German Krautrock/Kosmische Musik legend Eroc has been in charge of mastering “Non plus ultra”, the third full-length studio album from the Finnish collective E-Musicgruppe Lux Ohr. Sonically, the 82-minute/eight-track outcome -realised between 2016 and 2019- ranges from Berlin School type of old school sequenced electronic space music to electro-acoustic ambience along spacy dark ambient hooks.
I’m confident fans will enjoy these warm sounding old school electronics, especially when smooth soaring melodic lines, vintage pads, mellotron and sequences team up with lush e-guitar (in Steve Hillage and/or Manuel Göttching style) work as already featured very nicely on “Die Suche nach dem Horizont” and “Bahnhof 77” while sections of “Der Ewige Wanderer” and the 12-minute “Aus dem Kollaps Geboren” could almost make a laid-back Mind of Matter piece. The latter, more dramatic-shaped piece (moving slightly into Eastern atmospheres on the second half) also reveals some gentle psychedelic touches mixed with nice mellotron textures and more poignant sequencer patterns and rhythm.
While a hypnotic vibe marks the brief “Traumraum”, psychedelic elements kick in on the first minutes of “Hypnogenesis III” before the piece transforms into a vibrant Rubicon/Ricochet-esqe sequenced cosmic outing with space-rock guitar bits on top. On the final track “Die Vergangene Zukunft” the influence & sound of ‘70’s Schulze is obvious.
All in all, those who love to immerse into the sound of German cosmic couriers will certainly want to add “Non plus ultra” to their collection. Rating: between 3.5 and 4 stars.
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the E-Musikgruppe Lux-Ohr artist page
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