Günter Schickert never quite aligned himself with any particular strain of German music in the late 60s, preferring instead to pursue the echo guitar.
Ziguri played guitar (with an Echoplex…)
His two rare 70 solo albums are full of them. Schickert prides himself on the fact that he’s never bothered with synths or sequencers, something he’s now extended to Ziguri, the trio he founded with bassist Udo Erdenreich and drummer Dieter Kölsch in the late 80s. Oddly enough, despite being active for a full decade before they split in 1997 (they reformed three years ago), this self-titled effort marks their studio debut. Dirk Dresselhaus, aka Schneider TM., takes the producer’s chair as the threesome play through a trance-like set of songs whose manic intensity is matched only by a commendable degree of control. Erdenreich and Kölsch lay down hard rhythms over which Schickert does his echo-driven thing. As you might expect, given the fact that the band named themselves after a Mexican peyote plant, it’s a pretty trippy affair, peppered with strange intonations and excerpts from Thomas Pynchon. The trouble is it often gets too repetitive for its own good, opting to lock into a specific groove rather than truly fly. RH ** **