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Various Artists - (The Microcosm) Visionary Music of Continental Europe 1970-1986


Label Light in the Attic

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The followup to Light In The Attic’s game-changing I Am The Center box set is finally here....

Three years in the making, The Microcosm: Visionary Music Of Continental Europe, 1970-1986 is the first major overview of key works from cosmically-taped in artists needing little introduction — Vangelis, Ash Ra Tempel, and Popol Vuh — and and unknown masterpieces by criminally overlooked heroes like Bernard Xolotl, Robert Julian Horky and Enno Velthuys...

* In depth liner notes by Douglas Mcgowan and Jason Patrick Woodbury
* Extraordinary cover art by astronomer / entomologist Étienne Trouvelot
* Remastered audio, including a previously unreleased track and several others previously cassette only
* 3xLP with deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase

Whereas I Am The Center called for a reconsideration of an entire maligned genre, The Microcosm requests nothing more than an open mind to consider this ambient, new age, neuzeit, prog, krautrock, cosmic, holistic stuff, whatever one calls it — as a pulsating movement unto itself, a mirror refracting the American new age scene in unexpected, electrifying ways, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt the universality of the timeless quest to express “the Ineffable” through music.

Drawing from major label budgets and homemade cassette distributed circumstances alike, The Microcosmdemonstrates a depth of peace profound to behold, and clearly expands the boundaries. Lovingly conceived and lavishly presented by producer Douglas Mcgowan (Yoga Records) and liner notes contributor Jason Patrick Woodbury (Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard), The Microcosm features stunning cover paintings by Étienne Trouvelot, and labels by Finnish savant Aleksanda Ionowa.

Track List: 1. Vangelis - Creation Du Monde 2. Ralph Lundsten - Bön 5 - Förlåt Oss Våra Skulder (Prayer 5 - Forgive Us Our Debts) 3. Ash Ra Tempel - Le Sourire Volé 4. Popol Vuh - Brüder Des Schattens - Söhne Des Lichts (abridged) 5. Ariel Kalma - Orguitar Soir 6. Bernard Xolotl - Cometary Wailing (Valley Plateau) 7. Peter Michael Hamel - Einklang 8. Francesco Messina - Untitled 9. Roedelius - Wenn Der Südwind Weht 10. Deutsche Wertarbeit - Der Grosse Atem 11. Robert Julian Horky - Dance For A Warrior 12. Karl Schaffner & Lothar Grimm - Caravan 13. Suzanne Doucet & Christian Buehner - Shivas Dance 14. Enno Velthuys - Morning Glory 15. Deuter - Spirales 16. Gigi Masin - Ship Beetel