by Robert Bell
In addition to news, interviews, rare video clips, film and all manner of other content, the indispensable metal/punk/hardcore online magazine CVLT Nation is in the habit of posting mixtapes from notable experts in the field (here's one made by The Body).
The site recently posted this excellent mix from Pallbearer bassist Joseph D. Rowland. It's a single 41-minute track that seamlessly combines a plethora of compositions by Popol Vuh, the legendary kosmische outfit that created the soundtracks for several Werner Herzog films.
It's a great introduction to a band whose sprawling catalog might seem daunting. But it is well worth exploring, from the band's early electronic, pre-Herzog albums to their later soundtrack stuff. Rowland's mix includes "Huter der Schwelle," from 1977's "Coeur de Verre," one of my favorite Popol Vuh albums. It's got this real triumphant vibe that's great for a long drive.
And if you dig early Deuter or Tangerine Dream or later period Cluster or Ashra and stuff like that and you somehow never checked out Popol Vuh, then what are you waiting for?
The mix is described as Part I. Rowland said via email that another mix is forthcoming.