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Klaus Johann Grobe - The Sound Of Salvation

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The Sound Of Salvation by Klaus Johann Grobe
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(1 review) 9/10

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9/10 according to on Wed 27 Feb, 2013

Here’s a very limited 10” of very good krautrock from the young and mysterious Swiss duo Klaus Johann Grobe, who have come from nowhere with this homemade collection of repeato-pop gems which instantly ooze quality. The formula is pretty basic - simple, live drumbeats, warm and fruity bass loops, simple synth lines and detached Germanic vocals.

It’s pretty well-worn territory in many respects, but there’s an infectious naive enthusiasm behind this, mixed with a great melodic instinct and some crafty lounge jazz touches in tracks like ‘Alles was wir tun ist gemeinsam’ which give it a bit of a library soundtrack feel, which should go down well because I know that if there’s one thing you people like as much as krautrock, it’s library soundtracks. ‘Raus!’ is another standout, contorting its cheekily blatant Kraftwerkisms into a weird Devo-disco hybrid as it progresses, and in general the second side seems to be more synthpoppy than the first, even reminding me of Future Islands and Leeds kraut-poppers T.O.Y.S at times. Overall if you imagine a cross between Kraftwerk and Horrid Red, with a splash of Can thrown into the pop blender with it, that’s pretty much what you’re looking at here. The screenprinted sleeves are a thing of beauty too (even if the ink smells a bit funny). Very good indeed.

Press release

Klaus Johann Grobe first came to our attention when their privately pressed Krautrock album landed on our desk with no clues as to its origin. Just one play had us hooked. The album sounded like a long lost holy grail private press and the screen printed sleeve certainly added to the feel. We just had to track them down, we needed to know the story; and so the search began.

Let’s just say that by the time we had tracked the album’s origin down to a young duo in Switzerland we were completely besotted. In fact we were so impressed that we bought the label!

The uber cool Klaus Johann Grobe produced this Krautrock epic in total isolation without an eye on fame or monetary reward.  Sevi and Dani produced this simply for the love of music and then returned to their everyday lives.

Their sound is created organically with a full drum kit creating the bedrock of an ordered Germanic  beat. This is complimented by huge looping bass lines interplaying with organ and keyboard lines, with the final layer being the half sung, half spoken German vocal.

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