Richter Band – Smetana
Richter Band – Smetana
Richter Band – Smetana
Richter Band – Smetana

Richter Band – Smetana

Regular price £11.00 Sale

Label: Infinite Expanse –IE05  
Format: Cassette, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue
Country: UK
Released: Feb 2023
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Experimental, Ambient

Transcendental acoustic new-age recordings from late 80’s Czechoslovakia - another gem dug up from the dustiest corners of the internet.

Blooming archival cassette label Infinite Expanse continue to plunge deep into the world of totally unknown, marginal, self-made music with these lost recordings from Prague-based trio Richter Band. Consisting of guitarist Pavel Richter, prolific improviser and multi-instrumentalist Jaroslav Kořán (whose Zahrada tape also reemerged last year) and fidlerophonist Štěpán Pečírka, the group draw influence from the American school of minimalism (Reich / La Monte Young) with the shifting soundscapes of Eno and Fripp. It’s a well trodden path, continuing to remind and reinforce the influence of that 1st wave of ambient / minimalism that seemed to seep into every corner of the globe. Its deep music - gently overlapping rhythms on what sounds like healing bowls (gulp), glimmering zither overtones and swathes of electronic texture, crucially though the group steer well clear of any dated new-age signifiers. There are no misplaced ‘ohm’ chantings, happy clapping, gushing water or stock bird calls. Just musical hypnosis in its purist form. Lithuanian ethno-experimental group Ženklas X feels like a worthy comparison, similar to Polish artists Księżyc or Ossian there can be a sense of underlying mysticism from the music of Eastern Europe, Richter Band feels like a vital node on the map. (Mint / new - with free DL - shops please get in touch for wholesale)

1 V muzeu 5:11
2 Čínský potůček/Poloviční chytání 7:43
3 Česká řeka 6:54
4 Dvanáct hodin 8:50
5 Náhodná 3:32
6 Líbivá 5:31
7 Sbohem 4:25
8 Hučivá 5:57
9 Nic 5:11
10 Český smutek 4:11