Brian on 6th December 2013
10/10 according to our
This is a crazy, wild and amazing record, make no mistake.
I had a friend once who on meeting I asked (as the stock ice-breaker between men it's usually either football or music) "what music are you into?" He stared at me through his round tinted spectacles, scrunched up his mouth in deep thought and then uttered the legend "Owt German" in his North Lancs drawl. Henceforth I've been rabidly investigating owt German I can wrap my lugs around for the last decade.
So when Bureau B ever have a new salvo of re-issues at the ready they're always at the top of my listening pile. 'Kinder In Der Wildnis' is the best Kraut re-issue this year in my opinion. Definitely the most psychedelic, unhinged, murky, weird and exciting for sure. A contemporary, assistant and collaborator of the likes of Klaus Schultz and a member of the Berlin Free Jazz scene, Mr. Schickert makes some very idiosyncratic, trippy and bizarre music that has to be heard to be believed.
Originally compiled and released on cassette in the UK circa '83 from a backlog of tapes offered to the two compilers of the legendary Krautrock bible 'Crack in the Cosmic Egg', this marvellous album of crazed cosmic rock, hypnotic alien minimalism and transcendental beauty works perfectly as a stand-alone long player or even an introduction to this greatest of eccentric German fringe-players.
Some of the treated guitar work on the earlier tracks here is utterly spellbinding in its magnificence. His background as an engineer is evident as the realisation of ideas throughout quickly becomes just...fascinating! Like the remarkable way things are looped, segued and layered. The fashion in which he stirs in crazy field recordings/samples, lets brass flourishes gently, mingle or distorts his voice to become a muddied echo. As a conclusion to the journey you'll even get a demented psychotic punk-funk style workout. The man defines the term "utterly compulsive listening". Even though this is a relatively lo-fi experimental record it's infused with an incredible rhythmical and tuneful prowess.
'Kinder In Der Wildnis' is tribal in parts, post-punk edgy in others. We're certainly dropped into numerous deeply cosmic or bat-shit psychedelic realms throughout but it's always progressive - there's eternally so much otherworldliness going on you just know you have to go play the thing 2-3 more times in one sitting to capture the full scope of his imagination and intent.
Genuinely a visionary collection from the twisted brain-wrong of a one-off man-mental, I will be chomping at the bit for any more morsels by this wonderful chap.