Exposé Online banner

Attempt to Restore — Alpha Collection I
(CMV 08-5590, 1993, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1994-08-01

Alpha Collection I Cover artMost new German groups these days seem to have forgotten their musical ancestry from the high psychedelic days of the Ohr and Brain years. Practically all you see is bands like Chandelier, Bel Air, and others whose tastes run toward stuff like Camel and Genesis or the British 80s scene. It's a big surprise when a neo band steps out and shows its own roots with influences of bands like Ash Ra Tempel, Guru Guru and many others. Attempt to Restore is definitely an appropriate name for this group and they put forth quite a decent attempt. While this seems to be nothing more than an effected trio of long improvisations, Attempt to Restore's music is quite pleasant except when they go overboard on the reverb and effects. They seem to be trying hard to restore the 70s tradition of spacey psychedelic Kraut rock, yet the production and some of the instrumentation betrays its modern countenance. Most of you into the complex side of prog will probably groan in boredom, while those who like the longer spacier jams of Gong, Ash Ra Tempel, Guru Guru and maybe Tangerine Dream (especially Electronic Meditation) will probably like it. I'd like to see what they could do with a compositional approach as this is certainly promising.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 4, 1993 releases

Related artist(s): Attempt to Restore

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Richard Pinhas and Merzbow - Keio Line – Having redefined the scale of sonic monumentalism with the 2006 two-disc set Metatron, Keio Line cleaves to the opposite – a two disc set of comparatively simple instrumentation reliant upon the...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues