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Düsseldorf, Germany-based Kreidler play a singular form of melodic, mainly instrumental music which blends the studio experimentation and tight yet freely flowing rhythms of their Krautrock forefathers with electro influences. With the release of early albums such as 1998's Appearance and the Park, the group were at the forefront of Germany's experimental electronic scene, earning attention from fans of post-rock bands like Tortoise as well as left-field techno acts like Mouse on Mars. As the prolific bandmembers continued to refine their approach, they incorporated sounds and influences such as Baroque music (2002's Eve Future), Fourth World-style global fusion (2012's Den), and traces of dub and funk (2024's Twists [A Visitor Arrives]). The band, formed in 1994 by Thomas Klein, Andreas Reihse, Stefan Schneider, and Detlef Weinrich, debuted with the cassette-only Riva in 1994 and released a pair of discs -- 1996's Weekend and 1998's Appearance and the Park -- on the PIAS subsidiary Kiff SM. Schneider left to concentrate on the like-minded To Rococo Rot and was replaced temporarily by Alex Paulick, who played on the band's self-titled 2000 album, their first for Hamburg's Wonder label. (A short-lived deal with Mute enabled the band to release the album in the U.S.) Kreidler put together a second LP for Wonder, 2002's Eve Future, as well as a remix disc, prior to a break that lasted several years. The band resurfaced with Mosaik 2014 (Italic, 2009) and Tank (Bureau B, 2011), the latter of which featured Paulick's bass again, before 2012's Den switched to a more elegant, chilled-out approach. The band celebrated its 20th anniversary with ABC, a concise yet expansive effort featuring a Georgian choir as well as Kreidler's more expected mix of rock and electronic instrumentation. In 2017, Kreidler released European Song, an album of studio improvisations created in response to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Sessions in both Düsseldorf and Berlin resulted in Flood, the band's 2019 full-length. Spells and Daubs, described as one of the band's most pop-influenced albums, arrived in 2022. In 2024, the group released Twists (A Visitor Arrives), which leaned toward downtempo jazz-funk and featured guests like Khan of Finland, Maxim Bosch, and Natalie Beridze.
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