Kay Hoffmann – Floret Silva
Kay Hoffmann – Floret Silva

Kay Hoffmann – Floret Silva

Regular price $58.00 Sale

Label: Belle Antique – BELLE 8502
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: Japan
Released: 1985
Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Psychedelic Rock, Folk

Glorious under-the-radar euro avant LP that combines medieval troubadour songs with minimalism and subtle electronics

Kay Hoffman is a Swiss musician, who as far as I can tell only produced this one LP. It has a confusing history. Recorded in Rome in 1977-78 it was unreleased at the time. It finally came out on the Japanese Belle Antique label in 1985. Subsequently it has reappeared on the Robot and Guerssen reissue labels. But these copies are from the original Japanese press. It is a dreamlike collection of short pieces based on the medieval song book the Carmina Burana. Just to be clear this is not Carl Orff’s mega famous demonic version, but a different take on the same sources. Apart from Hoffman’s inventive arrangements the key here is the involvement of variously members of Italian chamber prog heroes Pierrot Lunaire. Made around the same time as their amazing Gudrun LP (if you don’t know, check immediately!) it revels in the same jump-cut dada logic and lush surrealism. And most importantly features the gorgeous vocals of English soprano Jacqueline Derby who also features on Gudrun. It puts me in mind of other huge records of the period - The whole Cos/Aksak  family, magma’s less frantic output, Lucía Bosé’s Lo Pomodoro or the puzzle box aesthetics of ZNR. When you combine that with a heavy dose of early music sonics and time dilating Latin vocals it becomes pure gold. I think Floret Silva ranks alongside the greatest European late twentieth century art music and it’s beyond me why it’s not better known... (NM)

A1 Iste Mundus
A2 Floret Silva
A3 Exorcismus
A4 Intermezzo (Chume, Chume)
A5 Ich Will Truren
A6 Rondo
A7 Mai Tanz
A8 Quot Sunt Horae
A9 Tot
A10 Sonus Dulcis Lyrae
B1 Ouverture Zum Fest
B2 Intermezzo (Fagott Sommer Nacht Promenade)
B3 Tempus Instat
B4 Langueo (Vacillantis)
B5 Chume, Chume
B6 Nummus
B7 Post Communio Sancti Cyrilli