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RALF & FLORIAN

Kraftwerk

 

Progressive Electronic

3.44 | 66 ratings

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PROGMAN
5 stars Another Kraut/Electronic offering from Kraftwerk!!

The fist two albums are more experimental and mechanical, this sees Kraftwerk at a more electronical and lighter appearance, the album may not appeal to latter fans of Kraftwerk.

The opener "Electrics Roulette" is rich with synths and keys, and is the only track to feature conventional drums, I believe a Farfisa Organ was played here too, a great opening track.

"Tongebirge" a wonderful, beautiful, flute orientated track, with odd synth fuzz sounds and a mini epic, very nice flute playing from Florian Schneider.

"Kristallo" is a very odd track to describe, cause it is an unusual track, it features a sequenced synths in one speaker with some various notes played and the other speaker with a Farfisa organ or Electric Piano??, I like the stereo sound layout, (organ in one speaker another in the other etc), but the keyboards play along to a rhythm machine in the background, this is a drum substitution, loads of effects and tape manipulation used too!!, again a decent listen.

"Heimatklange" another smooth track, similar to "Tongebirge", with multiple flute tracking, and piano playing in the back, very acoustic, I believe there a weird electronic noise effect in the backgroung, like a low humming sound, a more slower and mellower than "Tongebirge" this closes Side 1.

"Tanzmusik" is a proto-techno track with handclap, vocals(mellotron???), and farfisa organ driven, the song has a slow startup, and slowly builds up in other words, a fairly decent track with sound effects and odd percussion and human clap, this is the Side 2 opener track.

"Annanes Symphonie" the final track, and clocking in at almost 15 minutes, this is a semi-acoustic track until you get more into the song, into a more elctronica phrase, a weird string instrument opens the track, I think it's very orirntal sounding, until a sequenced synths kicks in, and a vocoder (robotic voice), than says the title of the song, the only song to feature a vocal phrase, but only brief, the tracks is mainly instrumental, a chill out sort of track, a nice synth played in a loop sequence, accomponied by a mellow, slide guitar, you can hear the landscape in the music, like your actually there, a very interesting track, but you will need to give this one a chance.

Ralf and Florian in general is very unusual compared to their other releases, KW1 and KW2 have a more industrial sound but this release is slightly moving away from that direction, a decent album, that equals the first two albums and gives you a clue of what the next releases would sound like. A Semi Krautrock/Electronic LP.

PROGMAN | 5/5 |

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