Monday, 8 January 2018
Thomas Dinger - Für Mich (1982)
Fellow La Düsseldorf drummer Hans Lampe stayed on board to help produce the resulting album, which was entirely instrumental and much more introspective than the music their main band had become known for. In the three main tracks, the same basic chord sequence (a variant on Thomas' La Düsseldorf track Tintarella Di) gets cast in three different lights - a pretty mid-tempo waltz, a rocked up blast and a slowed-to-a-crawl synth epic.
Aside from the propulsive Für Dich, the motorik beat of La Düsseldorf gets switched out here and 3/4 time dominates, suffusing the album with a kind of sentimental melancholy, especially on the layers of keyboards that build throughout opening track Ballgeflüster and on the stark Alleewalzer. The longest track here, E-605, appears to a glacially-developing duet for synths and a lonesome dog howl - depending on your mood this can either be affecting or irritating. I love it. This, and all the other odd little sounds scattered around the album, are just part of what makes it exactly the album Thomas wanted to make, "für mich".