Exposé Online banner

Bernard Xolotl with Daniel Kobialka — Procession
(Erdenklang 30652, 1982/1993, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1994-08-01

Procession Cover art

Bernard Xolotl is a French synthesist who has worked with Clearlight's Cyrille Verdeaux, which could give some indication of his stylistic direction. Daniel Kobialka is a well known violinist from the Bay Area, and the author of music that you see in New Age bookstores — fluffy meditation music stuff. For cosmic electronic music, Kobialka's violin should drag this into his arena, and his romantic / melodic style occasionally flirts with that sappy sickly sweet new age area (like Kitaro or Yanni). Somehow these two pull this one off. While I could do without the silly spiritual conceptual guff, the music is quite excellent, in a style obviously influenced by Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra (mid period) etc., yet more spacier and much more melodic. There's really an awful lot going on here. I have to admit, even though Kobialka does an admirable job here, it’s the tracks without him that I like best. With a really long bonus track "Saturn" for an addition, this Erdenklang reissue comes highly recommended for those not totally turned off to New Age-isms.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 4, 1993 releases, 1982 recordings

Related artist(s): Bernard Xolotl, Daniel Kobialka

Latest news

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Rufus Zuphall - Weiß der Teufel – Originally produced in an infinitesimal pressing on the tiny Good Will label, this is one of those releases that gains legendary status not so much because of what's on the album, but because of its...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues