Can you see the crescent moon in the sky today? It’s getting down to nothing more than a sliver. Now’s the perfect time to dance to ‘Hollentanz’ by Günter Schickert.
Oh, this recording veritably crackles with the party strains of Woden’s wild hunt and dry bracken under the bare feet of dancers in a young forest. From Schickert’s only-recently-reissued epic album KINDER IN DER WILDNIS (Child in the Wilderness), ‘Hollentanz’, along with several other standout tracks, is ample evidence of why Krautrock has remained such a sustaining life-force.
How can such a grand artist as Schickert remain unsung, even to many genuine Kraut aficionados? It must be because he spent so much of the 70s in a behind-the-scenes role – routining Far East Family Band’s epic trip-out LP PARALLEL WORLD, keeping the synths of Klaus Schulze happy when the latter was on tour – Shickert’s free-power-trio GAM barely registering, his 1974 album SAMTVOGEL his sole major 70s release.
So do search out KINDER IN DER WILDNIS – but, in the meantime, hang on to your hats with ‘Hollentanz’.