- music by
axel manrico heilhecker |
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Axel Manrico Heilhecker
,the idea came up, to record a instrumental album, which should be
routed more to atmospheres, than to structural aspects in music.To
accomplish this Heilhecker collected relics of his guitar-laboratories
during his work as producer for Phonoroid, |
This was done between 1995 and
1998. As a result this album established a visual sound, mainly leaded
by Heilhecker's guitar, but far away from common string-acrobatics.
Most different musical styles and guitar-specific playing-technics had
been dismantled and brought together in new aspects. All
instruments were played mainly by himself this time.
album today, i find all influences of my collaboratories in
90's very clearly comin' upfront.
For example my work with the,
meanwhile late, indian sitarplayer and music prof. from Benares T.N.
Same as Ravi
student of Villayat
he was a
great architekt and storyteller on his instrument.
No picture - no sound ,this formula always has been
putting a spell on me.
Baltes and Harald Grosskopf, my longtime fellows since those days
musical caesura of the late 90's, the moveover from
linear recording to virtual tracking.
Fishmoon ,moon in
,is analog to a situation of sensitive processes and expressions,
or a time
, when one is not able to lock up from in- and external sensations - a
state of unlimitation.
What started as a collection will
be continued as a conceptional edition and released Nov - 06."
- 2001 Volume 33|
Record Label: Think
Catalogue #: -
Year of Release: 2001
elle De Jour (4.45), One Man Tango (4.20), For Your Pleasure (4.37),
Rising (2.06), Fishmoon
(8.32), Last Picture
(4.59), American Zonata (6.45), Been There
Done This (4.58),
Is, Isn't (5.49)
worked on projects
like Holo Syndrome, Sunya Beat, Phonoroid and
with musicians of Ash Ra Tempel. Fishmoon is his first solo album,
on a few tracks he gets a
helping hand from Steve
Baltes (Sunya Beat, Ashra),
and Bertil Mark. Unfortunately I am not familiar with
previous work, so I can't compare his solo album to the other stuff on
Fishmoon is a fully
album, centered around Axel's guitar play, which is
by bass, keyboards and percussion. Many of the rhythms have a rather
and native feel to it, resulting in an atmosphere that can easily be
compared to some
of Peter Gabriel's world
work. As a matter of fact, tracks like Belle Du Jour
easily have been instrumental versions of tracks by Gabriel.
twangy slide guitar on some of the tracks reminds me of Eric Clapton's
work on Roger
Water's Pros and Cons of
at other times the music brings Clapton's
soundtrack for The
Edge of Darkness to mind. Another guitarist that comes to mind when
to the Fishmoon album is Mark Knopfler, probably because of the
similarity in feel
and sound compared to
songs like Dire
Strait's Ride Across The River in tracks like One
Still, the guitarist of which I'm reminded most is one of my all-time
Snowy White since
Heilhecker's playing has that
same bluesy feel to it (e.g. in Fishmoon
reminding me of the instrumentals from Snowy's early albums, or in Is,
Probably the weirdest
track on the album is Been There Done
That, which doesn't only
feature sound samples
'Moby Dick' and 'The Treasure of Sierra Madre' movies, but
reworked version of the melody from Ghostriders in the Sky as well (you
yippy-ah-yoooooo' song). A
heavy dance-like sequencer and
this remarkable mixture. Elsewhere on the album Heilhecker
uses other samples.
Another interesting track
Picture which mixes western and eastern influences.
Zonata, which was cowritten with Baltes, on the other hand mixes modern
rhythms with Heilhecker's
steal guitar, creating a
Overall I found the album
Most of the time the music is atmospheric and
with the exception of Been There Done This, which falls a bit out of
with the rest of the
album, can both be played full
volume or as relaxing background music.
For those of you who
like bluesy instrumental guitar work and world music influences this
be an album to check out !
The booklet is a (rather
simple 4-pager with tracklist and credits. The album will be
released on the 1st of September.
Conclusion: 7+ out of 10.
ist ein Soundrack 'for the inner mind', dabei von solch
Intensität, daß die sich hier auftuenden Bilder nicht lange
bleiben sondern sich zu transzendenten und
Momentaufnahmen verdichten. Das einzige, was
die fast schon spürbare Hitze.