|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||krautrock ambient experimental progressive rock psychedelic german|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||Fan Page Wikipedia Wikipedia|
Experimental German band formed in 1969 by Florian Fricke (23 February 1944, Lake Constance, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, d. 29 December 2001), Frank Fiedler (keyboards) and Holger Trulzsch (percussion), and named after the holy book of the South American Mayan Indians. Led by chief songwriter Fricke the trio made their debut the following year with Affenstunde. Both this album and the follow-up In Den Gärten Pharaos focused heavily on Frickes Moog playing and created a trance-like atmosphere perfectly poised between cosmic rock experimentation and mystical ambience. In Den Gärten Pharaos was later championed by UK rock musician and author Julian Cope as one of the great meditational holy works, and its later influence on electronic and new age music cannot be overstated.
By 1972s Hosianna Mantra Fricke had switched to acoustic piano and begun exploring a more meditative approach. This album also...