SANKT OTTEN is a German instrumental duo which already teamed up for building the first walls of sound in 1999. So far they have released 5 albums and several Eps. They joined DENOVALI RECORDS in 2009.
In 2010 DENOVALI have released a split record with MAJEURE, the solo project of A.E. PATERRA from ZOMBI (Relapse Records). On this album SANKT OTTEN for the first time showed a more distinctive interest in the world of vintage synthesizers. Their 2011 album GOTTES SYNTHESIZER continued this voyage into the synth’s heaven and was very well accepted by the critic.
SEQUENCER LIEBE (“Sequencer Love“) leads into a paradise of warm analogue sounds garnished with the typical soaring guitar drones of OLIVER KLEMM, while the band's mastermind STEPHAN OTTEN flavoured these ingredients with his 80s electronic drum sounds. For the first time he used synthetic sounds and percussions for this album exclusively.
Sequencer lines that may remind one of German pioneers of progressive electronic music are the red thread of this release - but SANKT OTTEN are moving the Krautrock elements into a new context. The title track SEQUENCER LIEBE is the best example for this approach.
On the other hand the band offers ambient tracks like MIR BRICHT DIE STIMME WEG or DIE STADT RIECHT NACH DIR. Both of these epic tracks are dominated by great synthesizer soundscapes and e-bow guitar sounds which give you goose bumps easily.
Finally, titles like KANN DENN LIEBE SYNTHIE SEIN ? and GESTERN FAND ICH ALTE TRAENEN show that SANKT OTTEN’s talent for little Synthpop hymns that could come right from the 80s.
Altogether, the main achievement of their 6th full length is that SANKT OTTEN are combining influences of old genres with elements of today’s music to a unique and timeless mixture.
The spanish artist SALUSTIANO again borrowed SANKT OTTEN some of his great paintings for the artwork, this time from this lastest BLACK collection. These black paintings constitute part two of a cooperation trilogy which began with the red artwork of GOTTES SYNTHESIZER. The perfect synergy with SANKT OTTEN’s unique sound.
For fans of KLAUS SCHULZE, ZOMBI, ROBERT FRIPP, KRAFTWERK or KRAUTROCK in general.
supported by 13 fans who also own “SEQUENCER LIEBE”
I think Cosmic Ground is a exciting band. Old fashioned and with nice vibes and rhytms. But I miss something. Many compare with TD. Maybe, but I lack the crescendo at the end of the songs. It becomes boring when the end lacks a Froeselike guitarsolo. Something is missing, the crescendo is missing, the songs just exit out with no proper end explosion. Roger Adler