Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Appearance and the Park
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Yes, those are real drums you hear. Played by Thomas Klein, one quarter of this German quartet, those drums make all the difference. Spend enough time listening to techno, and after a while drum machines don't sound so art... more »
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Yes, those are real drums you hear. Played by Thomas Klein, one quarter of this German quartet, those drums make all the difference. Spend enough time listening to techno, and after a while drum machines don't sound so artificial. Spend enough time listening to what passes for rock these days, and live drums don't sound so authentic. It takes something alien--like the thoroughly electronic context provided by the other three members of Kreidler--for you to hear all over again what a lovely thing a trap set is. A modest revelation, perhaps, but modesty is what Kreidler specializes in. Tracks like "Au-Pair" (which bears a mild resemblance to "Bittersweet Symphony"--somebody call the lawyers!) happily settle for midtempo grooves, subtle dub effects, and nifty little mini-melodies played by To Rococo Rot's Stefan Schneider on bass. This is odd, but it isn't mind-bending music. It's music that soothes minds that were bent a long time ago--and wouldn't have it any other way. --Jeff Salamon
Clean, detailed, thoughtful, and irresistible
(4 out of 5 stars)
"our friend from the UK needs a hearing aid. if he finds kreidler boring he must find mouse on mars, boards of canada, and even autechre positively coma-inducing. such a shame. "she woke up and the world had changed" and "au-pair" are cinematic, well-wrought, and blatantly gorgeous. "il sogno di una cosa" has the rhythmic integrity of can, while "coldness" updates can's understated moody vocals. not that kreidler has much to do with can, but the teutonic tradition is propagated here. armchair electronica? retro-funk? sound effects from 30 years of slasher flicks and sci-fi? a little lawn-sprinkler? direct your attention to "appearance and the park"."
Excellent modern Krautrock, reminiscent of Can and Kraftwerk
J. Holmes | 04/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan of such German groups as Can and Kraftwerk, I stumbled across this new album by the German group Kreidler and really enjoyed it. They have a fresh sound mixing analog electronic synth's with rock instruments with the occasional vocorder. Check out tracks #2 and #4. Es ist fantastisch! (Fantastic album.)"
J. Holmes | yokohama, japan | 10/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"if i had to put a tag on Kreidler's music, i would call it "organic electronica." it flows along with a motorik rhythms and infuses a clean, open approach which is always sensitive, not just to the notes of the music, but to the space around the notes as well. most of these songs are skeletal pieces whic seem to be built around the drums. various little bleeps and glitches pop in one after another and the bass playing is excellent as well as the keyboards; which add plenty of nice atmosphere and melody. overall, the mood of Appearance And The Park is relaxed and cool...but it never seems too far detached from the modern world. thanks in part for the wise decision to use live drums. my favorite song is the tense "Il Sogno di una Cosa" with it's eerie synthesizers swirling around a persistent bass and drum line that is both haunting and strangely catchy. Kreidler represents a sound that is rooted in electronic processing, but cares enough about the pop aspects and the melody of a song, so that the results are not lost in a muddle of wires and computerized sterility. recomended for fans of Mice Parade, Mum, To Rocco Rot, and Tortoise."