Exposé Online banner

Popol Vuh — Einsjäger & Siebenjäger
(SPV 085-70152 CD, 1974/2004, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2018-06-07

Einsjäger & Siebenjäger Cover art

Popol Vuh was one of the great spiritually-minded groups of the 70s, producing a great run of albums that started with a couple of early "big Moog" electronic albums before leader Florian Fricke sold the synth to Klaus Schulze and embarked on a completely different tangent on Hosianna Mantra. Along this string of immensely uplifting releases — and really uplifting should be underlined here as so much progressive music from the era and country tends to explorer darker places — is probably the peak of the era, the great Einsjäger & Siebenjäger. This album is perhaps notable for the side-long title track which could be the group's (and when I say group I mean (mostly) Fricke on piano / spinet, the amazingly talented Daniel Fischlscher doubling on guitar and percussion, and vocalist Djong Yun) peak moment, a clinic on dynamics and mood. There are a lot of great shorter Popol Vuh tracks (“King Minos” comes to mind here), but the title track is likely the piece I'd play to any newcomer to introduce them to this sound (although were I in an electronically inclined mood I'd go with the second album's "Vuh"). The music centers around Fricke's excellent piano playing, but he found a like-minded soul with Fischelscher and something I've always wondered is how they laid down the tracks given the latter plays two or more parts. There's a real sense of purity with the band's music that's almost impossible to describe unless you hear it. This is long before cynicism and post-modernism set in and there's a real sense of devotion in play that is deeply affecting. It reminds you that kosmische music spanned a wide range that, perhaps had the psychedelic / acid rock groups on one end and quieter, more introspective groups like Popol Vuh and Between at the other. This is essential music, compulsory if you explore.


Filed under: Reissues, 2004 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Popol Vuh

Latest news

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more

2020-01-10
Neil Peart RIP – One of rock music's defining drummers has died at the age of 67. Neil Peart's work with Rush provided one of the templates for percussion in rock, and he certainly ranks in the top ten most influential drummers of the 20th Century. Peart retired from playing in 2015 due to health issues, and succumbed to brain cancer on January 7, 2020. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Paul Simon - Surprise – It should come as no big shock that singer-songwriter Paul Simon would be seeking a new sonic vehicle for his well-established career. Given the international success of Graceland it's clear that...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues