Klaus Dinger & Prejapandorf —
2000! ... LP Gronland, 2017. Near Mint- ...
... LP, Vinyl record album
Michael Rother —
Fernwarme ... LP Random/Gronland (Germany), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
Slow, spare, almost sad-tinged work from Michael Rother – a set that's kind of a distillation of his longer krautrock legacy into a subtle, minimal mode! The tunes are all instrumentals, with these beautifully-placed guitar lines, keyboard parts, and other sonic touches – very much in the territory that Roedelius and Moebius were exploring on Sky Records during the same stretch – a step back and cool down from the more excessive moments in the earlier German scene! Titles include "Erklkonig", "Fortuna", "Fernwarme", "Hohe Luft", "Silberstreif", "Elfenbein", and "Klangkorper". LP, Vinyl record album
The debut solo album from pivotal Krautrock figure Michael Rother – who was there for the genesis of Kraftwerk, co-habited Neu! and went on to Harmonia – and if his early solo albums aren't quite as revolutionary as those legendary records (and really, what is?) – they're still quite wonderful! Flammende Herzen has a slow building, instrumental synth rock anthemic groove to them that's often quite triumphant. It features drums by Can's Jaki Leibezeit, loads of soaring keyboards, guitar and virtually everything else courtesy of Rother! Nice stuff, not just for Krautrock completists! Tracks include "Flammende Herzen", "Zyklodrom", "Karussell", "Feuerland" and "Zeni". LP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from Michael Rother – moving into even more atmospheric territory here than on the third Neu album, and recording in the studio of Conny Plank with a completely sublime sound overall! The feel of the record is a bit like his Sky Records contemporaries – mellow, moody, and very spacious – a way of pulling out key instrumental elements, and really giving them focus with a lot of space between the notes – so that they have a great deal of power, but in a really subtle way. The set's all instrumental, with guitar and keyboards making most of the key sonic energy – in a set of 12 tracks that are all just numbered, not named! CD
A pretty nice left turn from Krautrock pioneer Michael Rother – who veers from the more outwardly lumbering sound of his earlier Flammende Herzen LP into a tighter, even more melodic instrumental sound on Sterntaler! This album indeed shares some of the traits of Rother's earlier partners in Kraftwerk – particularly the gliding atmosphere the Autobahn album – not to mention Rother's earlier work with Neu! That said, Rother does his own thing with a bit more of an anthemic quality that really manages to tug at your emotions – also with a little more of a reliance on traditional rock & roll instrumentation behind the soaring keyboards! Titles include "Sterntaler", "Blauer Regen", "Stromlinien", "Sonnenrad", "Fontana Di Luna", "Orchestrion". CD