Of all the artists to fall under the sweeping banner of Kosmische / Krautrock - a movement which has benefited from continuous attention from the reissue market since the 1980’s, Georg Deuter remains among the most unacknowledged and under-appreciated. The reasons remain slightly behind reach - the likely consequence of his association with the New Age movement across the 1970’s and 80’s, the lingering effects of stigmas which were later applied that movement’s efforts, and the reissue market’s draw toward the obscure and unknown. At his height, Deuter was famous, and thus suffers under the presumption that there isn’t much in his catalog to discover or explore.
Like many of his peers, the origins and proximity of work created by Deuter remains displaced and greatly misunderstood. While his quest for spiritual meaning and a harmonious relationship between sound and humanity represent a dominant arc within his output, his beginnings are rooted in the revolutionary explorations of the German counter-cultural avant-garde of the 1960’s and 70’s, with his early LPs veering toward explicit sonic abstraction.
Princess Of Dawn - Soundtracks, first issued in 1973 and now emerging in the hands of Black Sweat, is Deuter’s third LP. It represents a crucial, almost entirely unheard bridge within the artist’s output. Realized as a library record, it has never been issued for general or public release. Comprised of twenty six short, discrete works, it encounters an artist with roots in the avant-garde and sonic experimentation, beginning to look farther afield - stretching toward the ethereal ambiences for which he would subsequently become known. Threaded with drones, off kilter melodies, hints at a diverse number of folk traditions across the globe, and rippling synthesis, it is a continuously evolving wonder as it unfolds. Offering much needed insight into a overly neglected artist, at a moment of broad cultural shift, presented to the present day with the love and care for which Black Sweat is known, Princess Of Dawn - Soundtracks reemerges for the first time, with the benefit of the kind of context it has always deserved. An unquestionable revelation and absolutely essential.