Flut by Irmler + Liebezeit

Jochen Irmler and Jaki Liebzeit met in the town of Scheer last July to prepare for an upcoming concert at the slaughterhouse in Sigmaringen as well as for a subsequent appearance in the Kammerspiele in Munich. However, they quickly decided to stop rehearsing and instead record FLUT - an album that regroups six improvisations between organ and percussion.

FLUT adds another chapter to Irmler’s collaborations. The series includes previously-published collaborations with Gudrun Gut (programmed beats), with FM Einheit’s percussive bass-string playing, and with Christian Wolfarth’s uncategorizable drumming, pushing the limits of harmony and tuning to ever more complex results.

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8/10 Brian 21 August 2014

This is of great interest to a large proportion of Krautrock fans. Two of the scene's godheads junking a festival rehearsal last year to lock into an improvised organ and percussion jam. If countless bands did this kind of thing it would come over as a load of half-baked pretentious wank. When a member each of Faust and Can decide it's a good idea, it's a bloody good idea, ja?

I'm not very good at reviewing improv albums really without being either a childish, irreverent berk or resorting to lots of waffly pointless hyperbole that makes me feel nauseous when I re-read it. This album doesn't need much writing about it as it's just a mental, loose beautiful racket with that crazed, fizzing, morphing, lurching "fault-in-the-cosmos" organ of Irmler's being the sound of absolutely no-one else on earth. Except maybe Beelzebub himself. The noises he wrings outta that thing are literally insane. Money Mark this isn't.

Jaki just plays along in a world of his own. Tumble-some rhythmic dexterity is his forte with an almost technoid bass kick in places and a loose, slow playful funk in evidence. Not nearly as tight or fast as his old Can jams obvs but he is about 100 years +. Give the drummer a break! Hahaha. Most drummers of any pedigree would quite happily sit there for days listening to Liebezeit just doss around. Well, in his case most people who have half an idea of who he is too. I bet he's wearing his pyjamas. I bet they both are. Two old men pissing around never sounded so great.



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