Here we got another archival release, Volume 4 in the Vintage Rarities from the 70’s-series, entitled “Astral Journey”, which also marks the final part of this series.
No surprise we again get a good portion of highly improvised and emotionally driven retro music on the seven pieces, which was made using pure analogue gear. It all ends up in 62 minutes of nice cosmic and slightly psychedelic electronics, which blends old Berlin School stuff with smooth psychedelic flavours as well as the space and time character.
The minimoog, and mellotron M 400 are in shifting gear during this album, to which some vintage drums (a Roland drum machine) and Gibson guitar are added.
An extraordinary piece here is the epic 17-minute highly energetic and catchy sequenced “Galactic Opera”, which sees Stephen Parsick join Klaus Hoffmann-Hoock with some moody mellotron and synths.
Other highlights on “Astral Journey” are the quiet lingering “Medusa’s Hair”, the atmospheric musings of “The Call of Gullu” and the celestial “Supernova”, a 10-minute cosmic in its own right.
No that things are nicely put to an end in this series from the analogue days, I’m curious if any Cosmic Hoffmann releases with new music will follow….
You can see what reviews I have done of this artist on the Cosmic Hoffmann artist page
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