Exposé Online banner

Tea in the Sahara — Behind the Door
(Music Is Intelligence WMMS 057, 1994, CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1995-07-01

Behind the Door Cover art

On the superior German counterpart to SI, WMMS, comes this debut album of six long cuts by the German four-piece known as Tea in the Sahara. It is immediately apparent that this is not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill Marillion or Genesis wannabe. While the writing is certainly melodic and accessible, there is a vibrant yet mellow jazzy undercurrent to each tune which gives this band somewhat of a unique identity. Where they fall short is in the vocal department. Keyboardist Oliver Kauffmann doubles as the lead singer, and his thickly accented, weak, strained voice tries to emulate Fish too much, even to the point of "borrowing" lyrics directly from Mr. Dick himself. What's worse is the direct translation from German to English which is full of grammatical errors. Thankfully, the bulk of the music is instrumental, and each player is given the chance to shine, particularly the two guitarists Jorg Baumann and Frank Muller and Kauffmann on keys (he's also the drummer as well). Since the guitar solos are most often acoustic (another nice touch) and the keys are often piano-based, the resulting neo-jazz-prog sounds very similar to something like Acoustic Alchemy of all things. And the playing is almost as good to boot, but there is no consistent chemistry or blending of ideas going on here. With a full-time drummer and a full-time lead vocalist who can cut it, Tea in the Sahara could become one of the best neo bands around. Until then, they have shown a lot of potential with this above average release.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 7, 1994 releases

Related artist(s): Tea in the Sahara

Latest news

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Tibbetts - The Fall of Us All – Steve is back with his first solo offering since 1990's Big Map Idea. For the uninitiated, this Minnesota guitarist's music is truly in a league of its own, anything from a swirling maelstrom of...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues