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ARTIST
TITLE
Markheim
FORMAT
LP+CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SHAD 196LP SHAD 196LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/18/2018

Shadoks Music present a reissue of Markheim's self-titled album, recorded in 1972 and released in 1991. This LP by the Swiss band Markheim was recorded in Venice, Italy 1972. Markheim was formed in 1972 by Andreas Wyden and dissolved the same year in lack of money, leaving some curious demo tapes behind. These guys lived in Paradiso, in the canton of Ticino, the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. Andreas Wyden and drummer Enzo Geninazza are Swiss, but little information can be found about pianist Phillip Reeves and guitarist Trevor Thoms. The band traveled to Venice during the summer of '72 in order to record their freshly composed songs. The demo tapes were later on remastered by the poet from Lugano, Dubravko Pusek, who also financed the whole project. All tracks and lyrics were composed by Andreas Wyden. The music itself is a mix of crazy progressive, folk, and psych rock. Some tracks are rather experimental as well with a progressive touch. Overall it's a very well-produced studio recording. Ten demos of a hidden treasure from Switzerland, released in 1991 on a private label in for the first "ever" in a tiny edition of 200 LPs. The only band name reference that can be found is the crime novel Markheim by Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson from 1884, but it's unknown if the band name came from this novel. A good friend of the label described the special atmosphere on this album as: "rustic, back porch strumming with precious stones humming and a mind for the instant chopping of original wood". Heavy sleeve; 180 gram vinyl; Two-page insert; Includes CD; Edition of 450 (numbered).