Last week, we asked you for your favourite entry-level Krautrock tunes,
At stake was a mint-condition voucher for €25 to spend at any outlet of renowned music emporium Golden Discs.
You entered in your dozens.
But there could be only one Führer
Optimus Grime wins the voucher with this simple yet precise offering.
To introduce the uninitiated to Krautrock, I would play the subtle 10 minute opus Hallogallo by Neu!, for that quintessential feeling of cruising along the autobahn at top speed, in some finely tuned, precise German engineering.
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Ploppy: “When introducing the delicate beauty of Krautrock to the uninitiated, I always play Vitamin C by Can because if Jaki Liebezeit’s propulsive, decades-ahead-of-their-time cyclical drum rhythms don’t get your blood pumping, then it’s already too late for you, as you are most likely clinically dead.”
Dudley: “The full on bananas version of Mother Sky by Can, has it all,amazing riff, motorik drums, goes on for days.”
Pat Walsh: “When introducing the delicate beauty of Krautrock to the uninitiated, I always play them something by Kraftwerk and, in particular, Autobahn, because it motors along quite nicely.”
Starina: “I always go with Der Tod Ist Ein Dandy by Einstürzende Neubauten. It’s not technically “krautrock” but as it’s German and it’s rock and it’s seven-and-a-half minutes of wonderful white noise and the screeching howls of industrial pixie Blixa Bargeld, I think it fairly qualifies. This was the first Neubauten song I heard when I was 16, sent to me on a cassette mixtape, and it definitely changed something in me forever. Krautrock’s avant-garde elements played heavily in Neubauten’s early deconstructions, played with literal industrial instruments – wrenches, sheetmetal, chainsaws, etc – all wrangled into something delicious that walked a fine line between pure nihilistic noise and beautiful melody.
And when I introduce someone to Neubauten, I always mention Blixa’s second job as guitarist for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – it’s his jarring noise and deep German voice you hear on the first few albums – and how he famously quit the Bad Seeds during a recording session of a cover of some godawful blues standard, throwing down his guitar and declaring, “I didn’t join this band to play this awful shite”. (quote approximate) Legend.
If I win the voucher, I shall be ordering in the vinyl of the album this came off of: Halber Mensch.”
Lorcan Nagle: “When introducing the delicate beauty of Krautrock to the uninitiated I always play Die Interimsliebenden by Einsturzende Neubauten. I was introduced to Neubauten by Der Tod ist Ein Dandy via mixtape, but Interimsliebenden is by far my favourite track of theirs. There’s an incredible amount of intricacy in the music, especially when you consider how it was created.”
Mr. P: “It can be no other than Peter Schilling – Major Tom. It has everything…the drama, the tension, the excitement, the fantastic 80’s reverb… 4-3-2-1…”
Magic Pockets – spacey synths/drones from No Spill Blood man
What you may need to know…
01. Magic Pockets is Ruadhán Meara, better known to fans of Irish heft as the synth-man from No Spill Blood.
02. Performing solo under the moniker since 2012, Meara’s sonic explorations emanate from a growing collection of vintage analogue synths, drum machines and various electronics. His odyssey has led him to share stages with Umberto, The Ex, Blanck Mass, and others.
03. Streaming above is Lunar Caustic, taken from the project’s debut LP Volcano of the Bleeding Skies.
04. The album releases on digital and vinyl formats on November 25, via Penske Recordings, the new label of ex-Out on a Limb/current PLUGD Records man Albert Twomey.
VERDICT: First listens of the record are promising, as synths usually heard poking from under chaos and distortion make themselves retail-VHS-clear and unfold at their own pace.