Mikrovolt opens this synth adventure with a piece of upbeat and shimmering motorik groove full of synth squelches and machine drums. We're taken on a journey through Tangerine Dream, Jarre and Neu! textures, with even some loose links to instrumental synth pop. A dynamic, colourful and bouncy affair.
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The debut synth excursion for Cologne’s repeat conjurer Veit Konig aka Mikrovolt, summoning the classic krautrock sounds of Moebius, Roedelius and the Neu brigade on this lil tape for Umor Rex.
I honestly thought that the opening track was gonna be a Penguin Cafe cover (‘Perpetuum Mobile’ ?? Maybe it is and I don’t realise..) but it appears to be a floaty cosmic jam featuring a driving octave synth bass, a glassy guitar lilt and much phaser. It’s Kraftwerk gone chillwave, generating motorik loops in a rather authentic manner that’ll appeal to those riding the old-school synth wave like the Ghost Boxers out there. It’s got some nice modern production clarity though and I have to say everything is perfectly recorded and mixed.
It’s perhaps a little too much of a throwback for me, what with even our Leeds offering up groups like Autobahn who shamelessly tap into such sounds. But I like that this one is relatively stripped back in its upbeat and quirky repetition, and is generally a fun album to embark upon. One for the mind travellers for sure.
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