Tuesday, 12 February 2013
Recommended music: 'Cyclopean' EP by Cyclopean
Released on the ever reliable Mute Records, this is a new venture from former Can members Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt, together with their long time collaborators Jono Podmore and Burnt Friedman. Although there has been something of a surge of interest in all things Krautrock lately (partly fuelled by the release of last year's Can album 'The Lost Tapes') this is not the sound of people content to rest on their laurels and churn out the same old stuff.
There's a tribal feel that undercuts the tracks here - the drumming is repetitive and hypnotic and drags you into the groove of the track. Unusual instruments - theremin, rubber band guitar - combine with the weight of experience of these long in the tooth musicians to create something that sounds futuristic and otherwordly.
Buy it from the Mute store here.