'Lampenfieber' is the new record from Rakes' guitarist Matthew Swinnerton, who has branched out into solo pursuits such as producing and scoring. This record is far and away from the indie rock of his previous band, a collection of instrumental tracks based in the sounds its title suggests - Krautrock, motorik and experimental. It hints at the influence of bands such as Neu!. 

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Lampenfieber by Matthew Swinnerton
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8/10 Clinton 25 July 2014

Loads of new titles on ace London label Trestle this week and we’re all chipping in to ensure you hear about them. This album of krauty guitar instrumentals is the brightest and most upbeat of what I’ve heard so far.

Following an an opening ambient piece, the album bursts into life with a severely lovely meditative guitar exploration called ‘A Night Out With the Lads’. As Neu-ish drums pound away, Swinnerton adds layers of tight, precise guitar, its laid back sunny day vibe recalling American Analogue Set or Dylan Group. The title track too is gorgeous with nicely reverbed guitar picking out eerie patterns over the odd distant rattle. The album drifts between ambient interludes, Yellow 6-like low key blissed out pieces and upbeat kraut-jams  ‘Keep On Trucking In The Free World’ is very much in the latter camp with guitars strummed this time and gently layered synths added.

The spectre of Durutti Column appears on the very brief ‘Hafenstrasse’ but the superb ‘Viking Sunrise’ is very much a highlight and much thrall to early Tortoise. I’m also reminded of the dusty sun-dappled guitar twang of Pell Mell. Great stuff throughout.       



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