Between - And The Waters Opened (1973)

With albums as “In den garden pharaos” (from Popol Vuh), “Aum” ( from Deuter)… “And the water opened” has participated to the growing emergence for “world” / ethnic music in the complex universe of progressive rock. They all explain a new fascination for multi-influences and dialogues between East meets West. In those early years the sound of the band provided a fusion between “ethnic” music and krautrock experimentations. With their album “Dharana” Between will progressively turn to something more mainstream, into “new age” / traditional music legacy. “And the water opened” starts with a beautiful track made of modified electric “continuous” sound forms which express the serenity of meditation. The track carries on with a bright psychedelic dance for “tribal” percussions. “Uroboros” is more into an acoustic trip with “exotic” oboe parts and deep spiritual voices. An exploration throw a Persian / oriental theme maybe. “Syn” is a powerful, haunted “drone” which leads you to the most hidden parts of your subconscious, just hypnotic. “Devotion” is near to sacred music, really in touch with Middle East. Difficult to evaluate this approach but the piano & church organ passages are especially ethereal. “Happy Stage” is an “exotic” musical fairy tale organised around enchanting oboe / flute lines. A really strange item, an interesting discover. Rather unique in popular music. - Review by philippe (Philippe Blache)

Track Listings

1. And The Waters Opened (10:51)
2. Uroboros (5:33)
3. Syn (5:52)
4. Devotion (3:43)
5. Happy Stage (11:14)
6. Samum (5:36)

Total Time: 42:49

- Peter Michael Hamel / keyboards, organ, voice
- Robert Eliscu / oboe
- Roberto Detree / guitar, moto-celo, harp
- Cotch Black / congas
- Duru Omson / flute, percussion, voice
- Fabian Arkas / electronics
Releases information

LP Reissue Wergo Wergo SM (1981)


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