Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Zeitkratzer plays Kraftwerk, live at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (2017)
I don't have any of those albums at present, but I'm definitely keen to stock up on the evidence of this concert held on 18 November, as part of the 40th Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. How about this for a setlist, Kraftwerk fans: Harmonika, Stratovarius, Wellenlange, Vom Himmel Hoch, Atem, Ruckzuck. Half of those didn't feature on the album, hopefully suggesting a second volume to come.
Friedl agreed with his friend that early Kraftwerk would be a good idea, and an important one, given the continued absence of their first three records on any official reissue - he wryly takes Ralf & Florian to task here for "a falsification of their history". No disagreement from me there, but most importantly, how does it sound? Pretty damn good on this evidence. The material taken from the first Kraftwerk album is inventively arranged whilst sticking faithfully to the structure of the originals. The stuff from Kraftwerk 2 however is in a different league. Always Kraftwerk's most experiemental record, this leaves plenty of room for Zeitkratzer to take the sparse source material somewhere unique - in particular, the lazy jamming of Wellenlange being transformed into a thing of understated beauty (just listen to that piano part!) was a revelation to me. Highly recommended.