Ara Pacis

yacht rock revisited

The AOR revival is in full swing, and a pretty remarkable entry to the game comes in the form of this fabulous reissue.

Berlin-based label The Artless Cuckoo just released a rad 7" by Frisian band Ara Pacis, who originally formed in the early 70s on their home island Föhr and is actually still playing the occasional odd gig.

“The freshly remastered single starts with the title track “To the Westcoast”. Due to its sunny and yacht-y vibe it is easily amongst the best and most authentic tunes out of the “Westcoast rock” genre recorded in Germany. With family connections in California, lead singer Töns Brautlecht-Deppe was able to create and capture the feeling of the Pacific sea shore just perfectly. The single is backed with a revised studio version of “My Fate”. Here, lead singer Töns Brautlecht tells his story about getting into playing guitar as a young boy. The track is also featured on the album but the version we present on the 7" vinyl is an unreleased, even quite funky and more powerful take. It was recorded in 1981 at the Rüssl studio in Hamburg where Brautlecht had just started to work as an engineer.“

The 7" is limited to 350 copies and you can get your fix over here.