The Munich based band Embryo was founded in 1969 and released their first LP Opal on the OHR label in 1970.
This album centers on Christian Burchard, the band’s one and only consistent musician across their catalog, and the rudder that would steer them in many directions, even seeking to push away from popularity when it sought them out. The album’s not without its indulgences, as might be expected of Krautrock in 1970, but it aims to push beyond the typical hallmarks of the genre.
The approach landed them at OHR, among its early offerings laying side by side in 1970 with labelmates Tangerine Dream, Guru Guru, Amon Düül and Witthüser & Westrupp. Not bad company to find yourself in, to be honest.
The band attempts to pull up alongside those heavyweights here, finding the root of their sound in a flurry of drums, brash sax, and jazz-lazed guitar work. The record was, ultimately a stepping stone, but if you’re going to trace the lines of German psych, traveling through the environs of Opal is a necessity.