Early Love Music
The new album from Werkraum
14 progressive & traditional, psychedelic & medieval folk songs and chants of Early Love. 14 dreamy memories of the merry blue days from early times together with friends of the groups CHANGES, LADY MORPHIA and STURMPERCHT.
With Early Love Music, the German Folk musician, Axel Frank, sets a surpassing milestone for a new generation of folk artists. A year after releasing his quite Martial/Neoclassical oriented debut on COLD SPRING in 2004, Axel started to play the strings and flutes for STURMPERCHT. Being heavily involved in composing several great folksongs for STURMPERCHT, Axel got "infected" by Max Percht (Sturmpercht) and found his love in late 60s/early 70s psychedelic- and progressive-folk music. In late 2005 he released his folk music debut, the mCD Kristalle (actually not a mCD, but a small album with 6 tracks and a duration of 34 minutes), which found amazing approval from the audience and from many reviewers all over the planet. On Kristalle, Axel was already accompanied by his fellows Nick Nedzynski (LADY MORPHIA), Nicholas Tesluk (CHANGES and PHASE II), Robert N.Taylor (CHANGES) and Antje Hoppenrath, who again helped Axel create several songs and lyrics for Early Love Music. Further co-musicians on the new album were Hajü, Herr Wind and Max Percht from STURMPERCHT.
Early Love Music is not just a folk album. It is a quantum leap for the new folk generation of the third millennium and an enhanced assortment of early and new folk-styles. Progressive- and psychedelic folksongs mix and alternate with British and German traditionals in the vein of early Donovan (HMS), Spirogyra, Shirley Collins, Mellow Candle, Ougenweide,... just to name a few. Some songs even have a songwriter-like character, as if they were played in the mid 60s in a dark Britanny forest by a suicidal Jackson C. Frank or Shawn Phillips. The complex arrangements and large variety of instruments even remind one of The Incredible String Band and some early Acid-Folk bands. As a dot on the i, "Early Love Music" brings 2 cover versions, of Donovan's ingenious fairytale "Jabberwocky" and Steeleye Span's traditional-hit "The Blacksmith". With "Song for Erik" Nicholas and Axel have created the saddest song ever sung, filling every father's eyes with a lake of tears.
Early Love Music comes in a highest-quality 6-side-digipack with 16-page lyric-booklet. 61 min. / 14 songs
There is also a limited edition wooden boxed-set containing an extra mini-disc with four additional songs.
Early Love Music has recently been released as a double LP set with extra songs and alternate mixes (however, please note, the songs on the mini-disc of the wooden boxed-set are not included in the LP set).