Boomkat Product Review:
Borderline-bonkers double feature presentation of near-mythical dadaist songcraft from 1981.
Picked up pressed to vinyl for the first by Alga Marghen sub-label Planam and A Tree In A Field 30 years after it was originally released, Die Welttraumforscher's cherished 'Herzschlag Erde' is reissued alongside its unreleased follow-up 'Verdunkelt die Sinne', together providing your recommended annual dose of esoteric Swiss/Alien electronic folk music. Much loved of largely German-speaking freaks like Mouse On Mars, Harald "Sack" Ziegler, Yello's Dieter Meier and German astronaut Hans-Joachim Roloff, Christian Pfluger aka Welttraumforscher (roughly translated to "Explorers Of The Dream World") shaped a strangely sinister and alternate reality with his sporadic catalogue of releases. 1981's 'Herzschlag Erde' cassette was his first, and hailed by the few who know it as one of his most essential.
It draws on a beguiling blend of science fiction, metaphysics and dadaism through illustrations, lyrics, and his music to create an impenetrable sense of mystique which has only been exacerbated by the fact that he rarely, if ever, plays live. The music itself is wildly playful, yet with deeply warped undertones, with really explain its cult status. It's much stranger and less self-consciously pop than much of the DIY tape stuff from this era that's been resurfacing recently, and therefore should be checked by anyone wanting a trip out of the ordinary.