Monday, 7 March 2016

Pyrolator - Pyrolator's Wunderland (1984)

Four years on from making Inland, Kurt 'Pyrolator' Dahlke found himself in New York, taking inspiration not from the hip hop and electro sounds that were exploding overground, but from old mambo rhythms and vintage sheet music.  Grafting this on to the latest Emulator technology with a splash of bird/animal noises captured at the local zoo, the result was an album's-worth of pure joy, which couldn't possibly be more of a contrast to Pyrolator's debut.

I've been repeatedly using Wunderland as a winter blues-tonic for dark mornings in recent months - it's impossible not to be cheered by squawking birds and zany melodies that sound like they've come straight off a cartoon or video game.  As a Scottish blogger, I'm obviously going to be intrigued by a track whose title translates as 'A master bedroom in Scotland' - can't really hear what the connection is though, if anything the track in question sounds vaguely Indian in its percussion and sitar-like sounds, not a million miles away from my favourite Tangerine Dream, Hyperborea.

Im zoo

4 comments:

  1. Wow I am new to Pyrolators catalog and I just listened to Inland from your site which needless to say blew me away. Looking fwd to listening to this golden nugget of 80s techno wizardry!

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    1. They're like night and day, these two records - hard to believe it's the same dude! There's one in between them called Ausland that I haven't heard yet, apparently has vocals.

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  2. If you like this record you really need to get Ausland.. it's Pyrolator's best album by far and the Bureau B edition includes a generous number of rare bonus tracks that were previously found on various cassette-only releases, mostly V.A. NDW compilations. Ausland is all about infectious beats, much like the band Liaisons Dangereuses in that regard but not nearly as dark as LD... a really fun album as evidenced by its summer-themed cover art and the fact that it has not left my car's single-disc CD player since I bought it almost 2 months ago. Ausland rocks!

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    1. Thanks - that's what I call a convincing recommendation!

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