krautrock Archive

Five Landmark Krautrock Albums from 1972

While it didn’t make more than a ripple in the commercial waters of 1970s American popular music, the subgenre known as krautrock would exert a significant influence on the music that followed in its wake. A wildly diverse array of bands based in what was then West Germany created compelling, innovative music that would inspire

Album Review: Donovan’s Brain – Chiêm Bao Thấy Bậu

I’ve reported on and/or reviewed the music of Donovan’s Brain on multiple occasions over the last decade or so. While I seem to have missed some of their releases, I’m on record as recommending at least three of the ones I did know about. And the latest is no exception, even though it’s remarkably different

Album Review: Trees Speak — Vertigo of Flaws

Musoscribe’s latest “vinyl week” wraps up today with a real stunner. When I first heard Trees Speak’s album Ohms back in 2020 I was knocked out; the group’s knowing embrace and execution of krautrock was a stunning tour-de-force. Even though the duo is based in Arizona(!), Ohms displayed a deep and thorough understanding of what

Album Review: Popol Vuh – Vol. 2: Acoustic & Ambient Spheres

In 2019, BMG put together a boxed set of five important albums by krautrock/ambient group Popol Vuh. The Essential Album Collection Vol. 1 featured vinyl re-pressings of Affenstunde (1970), 1972’s Hosianna Mantra, the band’s high water mark of Einsjäger & Siebenjäger from 1974, Aguirre (1976) and the group’s Nosferatu soundtrack from 1978. Taken together, those

Album Review: Møtrik — Moon: The Cosmic Electrics of Møtrik

Acknowledging that krautrock is in fact little more than a catch-all term for a wide variety of styles that come (primarily) out of very late ‘60s to mid ‘70s West Germany, I’ll note that for many listeners (or comparatively many, as krautrock isn’t widely known) the label refers to the guitar-based uber-beat motorik approach of

Album Review: Trees Speak — PostHuman

Krautrock and its variants are not for all tastes. To some listeners, the idea of minimalism combined with an insistent beat is a recipe for migraine. But for those who appreciate the droning yet oddly exploratory vibe of the style, riches await beyond those well-worn Neu! LPs. PostHuman is the newest release from Trees Speak,

DVD Review: Romantic Warriors IV: Krautrock Part 2

Once you accept that the term krautrock is a big-tent concept, one that encompasses a wide range of music, then you’re prepared to dive farther into an exploration of the style. Yes, it does refer to a certain sort of often-challenging, rarely commercial music originating in Germany, but beyond that, the lines get fuzzy. Safe

Hundred-word Reviews, March 2021

Hey, kids: collect ’em all! Five new albums, all highly recommended. Here’s the lowdown on each, in exactly 100 words per. Maxwell Farrington & Le SuperHomard – Once If you’re at all like me, you often find yourself sitting around pondering this age-old question: “What would it sound like if Lee Hazlewood recorded an album

Hundred-word Reviews: January 2021 #1

Welcome to 2021. Let’s hope it’s better for the world’s citizens than 2020 was. Some things, at least, never change. And one of those is my commitment to covering music that might otherwise escape readers’ notice. My hundred-world review entries are an attempt to do just that. Here are five new releases you should know

Nest Egg: Straight-ahead Yet Twisting

A global pandemic may have temporarily taken live music off the stage, but creative endeavors continue apace. Right on the heels of a live set released in March, Nest Egg will release Dislocation, its seventh album, on July 10. The primarily instrumental Asheville-based group draws a good part of its inspiration from German music of