Neu! – Neu! (1972) (@256)
28 Nov 2007
(Review from wikipedia, progarchives.com)
Neu! formed in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1971 after multi-instrumentalists Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger both split from Kraftwerk. The band always wrote their name as NEU! in block capitals and with an exclamation mark, intending it as a pop-art slogan.
Probably the most cherished element of the Neu! oeuvre is what is often called the “Motorik” beat (a portmanteau combining the German words ‘Motor’ and ‘Musik’). Here they deconstruct the traditional rock song format, with its verses and choruses, intros and changes, stripping it down to a single minimalist 4/4 beat, which drummer Dinger repeats continuously throughout the entire track. Although on paper this might seem a recipe for monotony, in fact Dinger’s discipline and flair as a drummer generates a very powerful, focussed groove, with a great sense of continuous forward motion.
Recorded in the space of four days with Can producer Conrad Plank, the duo’s self-titled debut appeared early in 1972 and quickly established their affection for minimalist melodies and lock-groove rhythms. Take all the soft psychy aspects of Ash Ra Tempel and add the mid-era Pink Floyd guitar sounds and you are not far off of what you can expect here.
Neu!’s music grooves… and really equally fuses rich analog electronics with soaring guitar aspects. Their music generally wanders about but always manages to come back to help develop and expand on their themes. Their music is warm yet very electronic without ever sounding electronic. Quite obviously after listening to this album you will hear just how influential this album has been. Let me offer up one immediate and outrageously stolen parts from this old album… Track 4 could almost have been lifted directly off this album and put on the plastic fake new Pink Floyd album “Momentary Lapse Of Reason” …yes a deliberate steal for sure… the rowing of the boat… the electronic imaging and the eerie English Channel feel… oh well… life is all about the argument of the “taste and tasting”.
Neu! is an amazing band, exploring space, post rock and some novelty music in a nihilistic way — great if you like the more ambient style of Krautrock.
- Klaus Dinger / Japanese banjo, drums, guitar, voice
- Michael Rother / guitar, deh-guitar, bass, double bass
01. Hallogallo (10:07)
02. Sonderangebot (4:51)
03. Weissensee (6:46)
04. Im Glück (6:53)
05. Negativland (9:47)
06. Lieber Honig (7:18)
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about 5 years ago - 5 comments
(Review from wikipedia, allmusic) After a decade, Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger entered a studio together, recorded and mixed between October 1985 and April 1986. However the sessions were not completed and the planned album was abandoned. Neu! 4 picks up where the duo left off in 1975, exploring the extremes of both white noise…
about 5 years ago - 5 comments
(Review from wikipedia, progarchives.com) By this time, Rother and bandmate Klaus Dinger had somewhat diverged in their musical intentions for the band, Dinger preferring a more aggressive, rock-influenced style than Rother’s ambient predilections. As a result, they agreed to a compromise: side one of the record was recorded in the old Neu! style, as a…
about 5 years ago - 3 comments
(Review from progarchives.com) Neu! 2 is an album that is often dismissed, mostly because of what was on side 2 of the original vinyl release. It’s pretty much mandatory to parrot the story that Neu! ran out of money before finishing the album, so they decided to record their single at different speeds to fill…