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By seb

Born as Florian Fricke’s brainchild, Popol Vuh needs little introduction, the band stayed active between the late 1960s & late 1990s (until Florian’s passing in 2001). Regarded as pioneers in avant-garde German electronic music, their early works practically laid down the foundations for ‘Kosmische Muzik’ (Space Music) with the then new sounds of the Moog synthesizer joined with ethnic percussions.

Later the group evolved to include all kinds of instruments (both electric and acoustic alike) shrouding their music in a spiritual & introspective mystical aura. Popol Vuh influenced many other European bands with their uniquely soft but elaborate instrumentation, which took inspiration from the music of Tibet, Africa and pre-Columbian America. With music sometimes described as “ethereal”, they created soundscapes through psychedelic walls of sound, and are regarded as precursors of contemporary ‘world music’, as well as of ‘new age’ and ‘ambient’.

Popol Vuh regularly contributed soundtracks to the films of Werner Herzog that include classics like ‘Aguirre’, ‘Nosferatu’, ‘Heart Of Glass’ & ‘Cobra Verde’.

Originally released in 1985, ‘Spirit of Peace’ is the fifteenth album by Popol Vuh. The first track was used by Werner Herzog as original motion picture soundtrack for his documentary ‘The Dark Glow if the Mountains’. ‘Spirit of Peace’ is about making the journey into the destination and it truly achieves the meaning of the album title. ‘Yehung’ chants and beautiful intertwined mellow, yet complex guitars grooves make this album an ambient (or even a new age) masterpiece.

Out of print since 1985 and never released outside of Europe, now back available as a gorgeously packaged expanded Double Vinyl edition. Strictly limited to 700 copies, this release also comes with extra tracks that were not featured on the original pressing. Features the original cover-art by Erik Wollo and to top it of this release will have a SCREEN-PRINTED D-side (exclusive to the black vinyl version). Next to this black vinyl pressing, a color vinyl variant (#300 copies) will also be made available exclusively through Light In The Attic & Mondo in North America and through Transmission in Europe.

Pre-order now:

Color Variant & Black Vinyl (North America)

Color Variant (North America)

Color Variant (Europe)

Black Vinyl version will be available in stores & with online retailers worldwide on 6/27.
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By Statochess
#94903 It's great to see OWS back with a bang. Am hoping the new distribution strategy works out and look forward to discovering some new and unsettling sounds. Necromantic has one of the best piano pieces I've heard on a soundtrack, along with some of the most challenging tracks since VU did The Black Angel's Death Song! Still have to keep it out of my 12 yr olds reach though because of that gatefold....
All the best Seb and here's hoping to continued success.
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By seb
#97153 Some SPIRIT OF PEACE product shots, looking good!

Black vinyl pressing in stores worldwide (but I'm told stocks are running low)... check the screen printed D-Side.

Color vinyl pressing, sold out from Mondo/LITA... only place that has a couple left is Transmission Records (UK)

Cheers guys
Thank you for your continuous support x
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