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9/10 Brian Staff review, 11 August 2011
Now this bugger has been an office favourite for weeks now. Thomas Klein has drummed with neo-Krautrockers/post-rockers Kriedler for around a decade and a half. Now he's obviously tired of the restrictive parameters of a band unit and let rip on this thoroughly wonderful solo exploration. What does it sound like? Well you got clips there silly. I'm just here to insist that you buy this. I'm confident he's been inspired by the recent gathering of interest in African polyrhythms and the congotronics sound but he's not gone and jumped on that bandwagon particularly. I feel like he's somehow forged an album of cosmic tribal genius that sounds totally unique. The dystopian synth on 'Melville' that swells and fades over a startling plethora of chinking, clanking, hollow-sounding percussion is one of the best things I've heard in 2011. It's an incredibly vibrant and intoxicating piece of music that sounds both spiritual, organic yet somehow austere too! The ghostly remnants of early Kraftwerk - the pulses and the micro-grooves - are also subtly acknowledged. I totally feel these rattling, aquatic cerebral rhythms - they're more than complemented by the restrained use of fuzzy electronics. This is quite honestly, in my opinion, one of the finest releases of the year so far. Klein has seemingly noticed the all-consuming global interest in all things kosmische but has, with a pedigree such as his, merely taken a minuscule amount of spirit from the loose "genre" his forefathers trailblazed and run with it to create something beguiling, exotic and wide-eyed. This is almost certainly in my top ten of the year, it'd take some very powerful and surprising releases to even start budging it from my mind. Amazing stuff.
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