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Experimental - To be released March 22, 2019 | Plug Research Records

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Experimental - To be released March 15, 2019 | Karlrecords

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Experimental - To be released March 15, 2019 | Pekula Records

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Experimental - To be released March 1, 2019 | Editions Mego

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Experimental - To be released February 22, 2019 | felte

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Experimental - To be released February 22, 2019 | Groenland Records

Sterntaler marked the beginning of Michael Rother's deep preoccupation with introspective melodies projected outward. Where Flammende Herzen was full of anthemic instrumental rock that was constructed to be just that, Sterntaler is more reflective even if its drive is as insistent and mechanically accurate. Again collaborating with producer Conny Plank and Can's drummer Jaki Liebezeit, Rother set out with Sterntaler to create true electronic rock music -- even if what he came up with was the first real ambient trance music. Unlike his former bandmates in Kraftwerk and Harmonia who had wholeheartedly embraced electronic music as an end in and of itself, Rother was deeply entrenched in the idea that the whole nature of synthesizers and drum machines was to make rock & roll itself more futuristic. What's so odd about that notion is his method of composition. On the opener "Sonnenrad," his signature electric guitar sound plays melodies that are almost folk-like in their simplicity over his trademark Motorik percussion and rhythmic churn. On "Blauer-Regen," Liebezeit's cymbals mark the simple chord changes on an introspective ballad filled with the sounds of falling rain cascading down through the guitars. "Stromlinien" and the title track are more hypnotic rock tracks with veritable choruses of guitars all playing the same notes in harmony over a cut-time drumbeat and Liebezeit's percussive embellishments. Keyboards swim through the mix, creating a chord progression -- though it feels like one phrase over and over again -- and Rother concentrates on using a slide guitar to control and advance dynamics in the swirl. This is awesome driving music, perfect maybe for the Autobahn, but certainly for American two-lane blacktops during the first flush of fall. ~ Thom Jurek
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Experimental - To be released February 22, 2019 | Groenland Records

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Experimental - To be released February 22, 2019 | Groenland Records

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Experimental - To be released February 22, 2019 | Eliterecords

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Experimental - To be released February 22, 2019 | Opa Loka Records

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Experimental - To be released February 22, 2019 | Groenland Records

After issuing his classic third album, Katzenmusik, the first real anthemic electronic trance record and the culmination of everything Rother had worked on with Flammende Herzen and Sterntaler, a change in direction was necessary. First was the separation from his production alliance with Conny Plank and drummer Jaki Leibzeit. For the first time, Rother delved deeper into the keyboards than he did his guitars, and there has been no turning back since. While simple rhythmic structures still dominate the album, they are muted and deeper in tone. It's as if the bass drum was put under a pillow and programmed; the guitars slip into the background as atmospheric color and the keyboards themselves multiply and become not only the primary textural elements, but the primary chromatic and timbral ones as well. This is, by and large, extremely meditative music; it exists in the dark tones of black and gray and feels more opaque in its constructions. Gone are the soaring melodies of Katzenmusik that threatened to come right through the speakers and bust open the listener's heart with their optimism and emotion. They are replaced with fragments, smaller ideas that echo and turn in on them as they develop. When the guitars do present them, they stay far from the Motorik rock & roll of earlier recordings and become instead the pillars of a framework whose ambiguity lies solely in its lack of distinguishing one track from another. In other words, Fernwärme is a tapestry of instrumental songs whose theme is far greater than the sum of its parts, with the possible exception of "Erikonig," which offers glimpses of the Motorik sound and the twin guitar flanges, but even here, it's in a minor key, its effect is more subdued and reflective, even somber. Does this make it a bad record? Far from it. Fernwärme is a beautiful recording, a move away from convention and into invention, and one that marks a real transition in German rock music in particular. Welcome to the darkness. ~ Thom Jurek
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Experimental - Released February 15, 2019 | Khanti records

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Experimental - Released February 15, 2019 | Mad Zoo

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Experimental - Released February 15, 2019 | NI VU NI CONNU

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Experimental - Released February 14, 2019 | Ayhan Gormez

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Experimental - Released February 13, 2019 | Artist Intelligence Agency

Experimental - Released February 11, 2019 | Steamy frogs

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Experimental - Released February 8, 2019 | (SZR) Music

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Experimental - Released February 8, 2019 | Mad Zoo

Experimental - Released February 8, 2019 | Intromúsica Records

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