Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
This is the third release from Andrew Pekler, a German resident and also a member of Bergheim 34, whose neo-Kraut rock-flavored electronic music is quite austere compared to his work with Sad Rockets. The record bursts wi... more »
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This is the third release from Andrew Pekler, a German resident and also a member of Bergheim 34, whose neo-Kraut rock-flavored electronic music is quite austere compared to his work with Sad Rockets. The record bursts with a warm, jazzy melodicism that's not afraid to be a little goofy at times. Pekler's compositional style is similar to a lot of what's called electronic music, but a great many of the sounds are made by live instruments or using analog-flavored synthesizers. Although heavily rooted in early '70s electric groove-jazz sounds, Pekler doesn't hesitate to widen his stylistic net as the inspiration takes him; "Winter's Over," a wistful ballad for guitar, electric piano, and brushed drums, almost sounds like something from a Yo La Tengo record. He's also unafraid to experiment with recording fidelity--the track "Heavy Meta" has such a distorted drum track it sounds like something's gone terribly wrong. Another stand out track is "Sad Rockets' Rock Steady," which ditches the dub atmospherics most producers create when they head for the islands in favor of a metronomic groove, staccato Joe Gibbs-flavored saxophones, and a dash of melodica. --Bob Bannister
easy | Hoboken, NJ United States | 07/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just pulled this out of my collection, had not listened to it in quite a while. What a talented musician, this Sad Rockets guy. Every track is a hybrid of live instruments and electronic production techniques, covering the entire spectrum of jazz, rock, dub, ska, and hip hop. And then you have the last track, twenty-seven, which could easily have made it onto a Pink Floyd album circa 1970's. I see that he has not released any more material under the name Sad Rockets since this release, a shame because it's really hard to find music of this quality. Do your self a favor and buy this album."