tisdag 6 december 2016

Wucan - Sow the Wind + "Vikarma" 6 Track Bonus EP (German Retrorock w. Flute 2015)


320:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition, 2015. Wucan - Sow the Wind albumet + hela "Vikarma" EP:n som Bonus. (Retro Heavy Progressive Rock). Sounds like Early Jethro TullLucifer's FriendBirth Control and Krautrock in general. En rund Obi som omväxling. Endast 200 exemplar är släppta som Japan Mini LP. Ta chansen att köpa albumet, du kommer int att ångra dig) 
                                                    
The Dresden heavy retro band "WUCAN" began their quick ascent in 2014. Despite their short history the young band is still able to look back at a remarkable success. Everything began with their first EP "Vikarma" released in November 2014 on Metalizer Records. 


This release, which quickly sold its first 500 vinyl copies, received many positive reviews. By taking their chances through their extraordinary, energetic live presence, the band quickly gained an audience at their numerable concerts. Some of their biggest moments include playing the prestigious Hammer of Doom Festival and a tour as support for Siena Root. 

Wucan - Vikarma EP
Heavy metal veteran Karl Walterbach recognized these qualities and soon after took on the role as the band's manager. A record deal with Manfred Schütz' MIG Music sublabel Hänsel & Gretel followed. Lastly the band became part of Berlin-based booking agency Magnificent Music's roster, who agreed to support the band's live success. With all of this praise WUCAN entered the studio to record their debut album “Sow the Wind.” 

The band worked at Big Snuff Studio in Berlin, a well-known studio in the retro scene, with pioneer Richard Behrens. He is infamous for producing quite a number of retro bands, working with Kadavar as their live sound engineer and is the bassist of the Berliner band Heat. Sow the Wind” ‘s striking sound was primarily achieved through analog techniques and fits perfectly with the late 60s and 70s vibe. 

The band also worked with new instruments such as a Moog synthesizer and a Moog Etherwave Theremin. Behrens was able to capture on tape the  essence and dynamic of a WUCAN live show, which carries a hippy attitude with a modern rock sound. Andreas Lupo Lubich von Calyx added the final touches with his mastering skills. 

The result is six extremely diverse tracks, whose sound and composition could have more than likely originated in the 70s. However WUCAN does not imitate any artist but has developed its own individuality fitting somewhere between then and now. The band has always been able to create their own style despite their influences such as Jethro Tull, Renft, Lucifer's Friend, Birth Control and Krautrock in general. 

WUCAN presents changing hymns, from jamming passages to metal riffs with flutes doubled and the complete range of 70s folk rock to classical hard rock. ‘Wandersmann’ is a 16-minute song filled with psychedelic splashes of color and the just named influences. 

It is also the only song on the album sung in German. Even the powerful opener ‘Father Storm,’ the reefy and hard ‘Owl Eyes’ and the melodic ‘King Korea’ bring a bright bouquet of 70s flashbacks. 

The key element is vocalist Francis Tobolsky's characteristic, energetic and emotional voice. The charismatic singer grasps her audience with her voice and catchy flute melodies. Rounding out this successful debut release is the eye-catching packaging. “Sow the Wind” ‘s artwork was inspired by a Rufus Segar art piece, an artist who is particularly known for his work in anarchist publications in the 70s. 

Divided in a seeing and screaming head in a stylistic representation, the cover and back perfectly fit the mood of the album. The storm which will be seeded with “Sow the Wind” figuratively hisses at the beholder before even playing the album.

Personnel:
 Francis Tobolsky: Vocals, Electric Guitar, Flute,
 Theremin Tim George: Electric Guitar 
 Patrik Dröge: Bass 
 Leo Vaessen: Drums, Percussion

Album "Sow the Wind" Released September 25, 2015:
01. Father Storm 03:57
02. Owl Eyes 05:50
03. Looking In The Past 05:43
04. Face in the Kraut 04:16
05. King Korea 07:04
06. Wandersmann 15:45

Bonus Tracks From their EP "Vikarma" Released November 14, 2014:
07. Franis Vikarma 05:37 
08. Frank 04:32
09. Dopetrotter 5.59 
10. Big Red Bun 5.33
11. Wizard of Concrete jungle 9.15

Extra Bonus
12. King Korea Live 04.30