High quality Deutsche-language grooves from Klaus Johann Grobe, a band who specialise in summer-night dance pop. Spagat der Liebe, their second album, shimmers and shakes even more than the first one did, while simultaneously showing off its links to the komische-synth tradition. Released by Trouble In Mind.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 04 May 2016
Summer dream pop: because we are dreaming about the possibility of summer. It could happen! You never know! In the interim, I’ll be typing as a way of keeping my hands warm. Klaus Johann Grobe are a band and they let you know that by laying down a groove on “Ein Guter Tag’, because you must first get things going and then let everyone contribute to it. Squiggly synths hand out bits and bobs, they give their Krautish rythmn some real joy, as if they’re reaching for the sun rather than the blank dot of space.
Is this secretly a dance record? The disco synth blast of “Wo Sind” gets me hyped, even if the drums play along like a stubborn Can record. I might be wrong, but the record keeps a constantly excited and ever-so-happy vibe rotating around its basslines. “Pure Fantasie” sounds like Beach House dressed in bright clothes, while ‘Geschichten aus erster Hand” matches its sly bassline with flute-esque electronics and a vocal that’s light as air. It’s calculated bliss: this record runs in place but remains totally at peace doing so.
This is a nice little romp. Its Krautrock nostalgia will work wonders for some, while its general July daydreaming will be the clincher for others - it’s as clear as a cloudless day and as sugary as an ice cream you might get to eat, one day.
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