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AIR were formed as an obscure one-off German rock quartet and their legacy "Teilweise Kacke ... Aber Stereo" (1973) was recorded upon May 29 and June 7, 1973 in Ravenstein and Frankfurt, according to the credit.

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3.02 | 14 ratings
Teilweise Kacke ... Aber Stereo

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 Teilweise Kacke ... Aber Stereo by AIR album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.02 | 14 ratings

Teilweise Kacke ... Aber Stereo
Air Krautrock

Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars "Partly dung ...But in stereo"? This band's approach with conventional rock-trio enriched with flute and keyboard pleased me as a concept, but I admit my expectations were not completelly fulfilled when inspectin this curious little album. Dominantly the organ sounds and composition's melodic idioms brought to my mind associations of Erlkoening's sinqular album, being light, clear and leaning mostly to simple variations of traditional common people's musical rejoicements. I quess my own anticipations were directed towards material similar to Cosmic Jokers, Ash Ra Tempel, Rufus Zuphall and such more magickally loaded heavier material ? again I see myself locked up inside to trap of my own mind. These rustic and symphonic rock constructions progress on the pathway of musician's free inspiration clearly. From imaginative part I believe the album does not totally relate with it's title, but there doesn't seem to be very strong spiritual depth on the focus. Most adventurous instrumental sequences I believe occuring on song "Blues 2". There are not also very much post-productional tricks nor variations on the intruments sounds, allowing some convincing and direct elevator music for bohemian hotels been conjured to the Air. A symphatetic record, but maybe not directing to essence of my own musical meditative urges. However I believe there is always roomfor harmless humor in our troubled world in all harmless forms, this album locating to such sector on my own thinking.
 Teilweise Kacke ... Aber Stereo by AIR album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.02 | 14 ratings

Teilweise Kacke ... Aber Stereo
Air Krautrock

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

4 stars The basal air in Krautrock scene.

The obscurity makes their sounds more weird for us. From the beginning ethnic drumming and crazy keyboard kicks impress us, despite of their bluesy psychedelia normally around there in early 70s. Chopping bass claims their snake-y heaviness into our brain, as their first Air Show. But yes, their Flight should be followed by the next stage, with more extreme dry fruity atmosphere.

"Kantate 140.4" is a classic one, drenched in desert flute complexity and fuzzy shoegaze bass sedimentation. Drumming is strict and relaxes us. Simple music aroma we can touch, but not only sweet but also bitter and spicy for our nose and ears. Really addictive one. On the contrary, "Blues 2" is a mixture of heavy rhythm-based bluesy bass shots and bubbled keyboard masses, seasoned with funky drum rollover.

Okay circumstance can get more complex, and closer to heavily-keyboard-based kosmische muzik. "Herzinfarkt" reminds me something experimental / jammy like Semool or Blumen, but not so loose like them. Occlusive occult Air should have altered their states of mind, but their rigidity upon playing could not be crazed at all I guess. The last "Zopf" is a dark-ambient-ish, achy breaky one, only with deep rhythm collective and freakout keyboard slime.

I wonder why they could launch such a mysterious, stagnant air, only by their simple formation with keyboard, bass, drums, and sometimes flute. Suppose their music air conformation should have got to be an instrumental commune. Yes, their creation should be not only primitive and fundamental, but rare and expensive, for the early 1970s, let me say. Please touch directly the basis of Krautrock.

Thanks to philippe for the artist addition. and to DamoXt7942 for the last updates

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