Beware: krautrock is on its way back. And this time, it’s coming from Japan. None-to-subtly indicating their inclinations in their nomenclature, Minami Deutsch combine Japanese thoroughness with German thoroughness. The result is a hypnotically straightforward debut, with tireless drum(computer)s carrying distorted vocals and wavy bass lines.
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- CFUL051 / Limited Weissensee white vinyl LP on Cardinal Fuzz. Edition of 500 copies
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It makes sense! If I use enough exclamation marks it makes sense! Minami Deutsch are taking the genre’s origins at face value, dedicating themselves to the grooves they’ve wrought and letting their rigid vocal interpolations ring out overtop, with some classy reverb as the piece de resistance. Amidst the workout aesthetic they’ve carved out is a wash of distorted psychedelia that remains familiar both in their scene and around the West, with guitars both riffing and phasing their way around your ears. If you listened to Sundays & Cybele earlier this month, then ‘Minami Deutsch’ is essentially that with less room to meander and more halting bass lines.
There’s as much futurism in Minami’s sound as there is traditionalism, the band endeavouring to recreate their genre’s hallmarks for robots: the grainy, distantly implemented vocal of “Futstu Ni Ikirenai” accesses a whole level of monotone inaccessible to even the sturdiest rhythm section (this band’s own, for instance). At the same time, Minami Deutsch have picked up the habits of their forebears and local pals, entrenching themselves in a pitiless solo on the “Ubergleich” miniseries they create, guitars oscillating and rerouting over a sturdy, dulled drumbeat. Think that recent Fews 7” going down an even longer motorway and you’re there. This is a grab bag of a record, and though it may not know what it wants to be, it certainly has fun deciding.
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