BABA YAGA’S HUT presents
LUNG, ROTTER AND SEVEN
Plus Kosmische Club DJs
Tuesday November 10th 7.30 pm
£10 advance from www.corsicastudios.com
5 Elephant Road
Spectrum is the most high-profile of the projects undertaken by Pete ‘Sonic Boom’ Kember after the demise of psych-rock avatars Spacemen 3. Spectrum satisfies the singer/guitarist’s more ‘conventional’ pop leanings, while never losing sight of the hypnotic otherworldliness and psychedelic soundscapes that are his music’s trademark and legacy.
In 1991, Spectrum issued its debut Soul Kiss (Glide Divine), a sublime collection of tranquil, luminous retro-pop. In 1993, the group released Indian Summer, an EP of covers. This was followed by the release of the 1994 LP Highs, Lows and Heavenly Blows, a collection which explored unique scales and compositional structures, and has been highly recognised albeit in retrospect. The psychedelic storm-trooping album Forever Alien appeared in 1997 as well as work with the Silver Apples.
Some of Sonic boom’s work is an accumulation of his many fruitful collaborations spanning the last 20 years with legendary artists including Yo La Tengo, Silver Apples, Kevin Shields , Stereolab , Eddie Prevost ( AMM) ,Delia Derbyshire, Robin Guthrie , Dean Wareham & Gruff Rhys as well as his own bands.
In 2009 performing new material from the most recent album –‘Indian Giver’ plus Spacemen 3 originals and classic Spectrum tracks -audiences can expect a varied and dramatic collection of songs.
The current live show sees an artist moving between the recent kraut-rock style ‘Mary’ , the drug ecstasy of ‘Set me free’ ,the ever shimmering ‘Transparent Radiation’ & older ,heavier pieces lulling the audience into a trance-like state before diving deeper down into the wah-wah, feedback & fuzzed out frenzy of powerchord epics such as ‘Revolution’, ’Suicide’ and the new single “War Sucks”.
The EP is out on Mind Expansion records www.myspace.com/mindexpansionrecords
Dieter Moebius is someone whose work has significantly contributed to the international recognition of German electronic music. More than that: the bands Cluster, Kluster and Harmonia helped shape the style that is now known as repetitive electronic music. Of course, Krautrock is only a part of the musical cosmos which Moebius and other like minded individuals helped bring to life. Moebius and Cluster site countless musicians from all over the world as references.
The music of Dieter Moebius stands for movement. Its evokes feelings of traveling, vastness and endlessness - repetitive and slowly changing structures. The term "sound-scapes" which rightly stands under suspicion of being kitsch, gains new meaning here. If thereby one is referring to the landscapes that one sees passing by, then one can justifiably say that on "Kram" (trans. Stuff) Moebius has created sound-scapes. Mobile music that even gives the stationary listener a sensation of motion. Regardless of how long the pieces on "Kram" might be, they always retain a miniature quality. As if Dieter Moebius has followed up on good ideas which he collected over a protracted period of time, and finally compiled an album out of them all. And however varied these ideas might be they are held together by the clasp of this great sound journey. We encounter irresistibly driving piano patterns, filter progressions, strange sounds of undeclared origin, dense arrangements and clear minimalism. Electronic harassment, straight beats and soft textures entangle peacefully into one another. So the tracks and sketches gathered here are each very diverse and yet at the same time soul-mates. Beats aren't all there is to it though, occasionally it's the patterns themselves that rock and pull you along.
Largely unimpressed by musical trends, Moebius concerns himself little with either the old or new school of electronic music. Instead he follows his own very individual sound aesthetic which makes "Kram" a timeless album but still with a strong sense of history.
This album has depth but without requiring any meditative concentration from the listener. Indeed "Kram" is not at all demanding, rather it simply offers itself to the listener - the chance to climb aboard its psychedelic vehicle. And that's what makes "Kram" so thoroughly enjoyable. For Dieter Moebius wants nothing from us.
But after the pleasure of "Kram" we want something from him, namely more of this stuff.
“the man is glowing evidence of a brain fizzing with energy and renewal... a kind of robo-digested Italia-house, with undulating pianos and electro-whooshes building up little jagged peaks... weaving house/soul/Afro vocal snippets into a melting pot of beautiful, strange rhythm. Kraut-jungle anyone?”
Former Cluster classics echo through this motorik pulsebeat, yet it sounds timeless in its technoid deviance. A master of rhythm and melody, Moebius creates an atmosphere of jovial oddity that is at once familiar yet alien.
Moebius seems in playful rather than weighty mood here. The quirky synth pop of Womit could be a theme tune for a forgotten 80s TV cop show, while the lovely percussive timbres of the closing Markt are offset to wacky effect by what could be someone playing with cutlery while squeaking and groaning endearingly...but the album succeeds best when he seems to take things a bit more seriously, notably with the lovely electronic gamelan sounds of Start and the drifting beautiful electronic doodles and brittle percussion of Dauert.
LUNG, ROTTER AND SEVEN
Born from the ashes of the last great analogue war arise up lung, rotter and seven bringing forth their ds10's for an unholy epic battle of ghetto weep. Slay thy labtop slay thy 808 bring it on alive upon corsicas gate.....
"North London's long-standing leftfield and Krautrock disco, and arguably the only place you'll see people dancing to Plastikman, Bowie and Capitol K in the same hour. Which isn't easy, believe you me. They've seen Spice Girls come and go, watched the rise and fall of electroclash and outlasted four England managers, all the while keeping faith with the hypnotic angular grooves as championed by the likes of Can and Neu! and steadily building a reputation as one of London's best little clubs...psyched-out films, rarely seen Krautrock videos and other phantasmagorically out-there visual selections to keep all parts of your brain on interstellar overdrive for the night.
Kultureflash, july 2006
"I'm floored by the tracks you're playing on Resonance FM right now. Every tracks has been a jaw-dropper. What a goddamn revelation! I don't know any of these tracks but feel like they've been in my blood all my life. Outstanding show."
"what kind of music is this?"
Lauren Laverne at Kosmische club
"Simultaneously kinetic and cinematic, Krautrock is one of the golden phases in a continuum that runs through rock history: the textured groove-scape.”
"Listeners are turning to Krautrock, not as a nostalgia-inducing memento of some wilder, more daring age they never lived through, but as a treasure trove of hints and clues as to what can be done right here, right now. Krautrock isn't history, but a living testament that there's still so far to go."
Simon Reynolds, Modulations