Monday, 17 September 2018

la! NEU? - Year Of The Tiger (1998)

The final la! NEU? post!  Fittingly, Year Of The Tiger, named after the furry postcard sent to Dinger (pictured on the cover), was their final studio release.  It appeared in 1998 just after Goldregen, but in contrast to that album's fully acoustic aesthetic, it focused on the electronic, beat-driven side of la! NEU?.  Also in contrast to Goldregen's short pieces, Year Of The Tiger consists of just two tracks, one of which is 32 minutes long and the other 33.

Before these, there's a minute-long 'trailer' for Blue Point Underground, a group based around krautrock legend Eberhard Kranemann, who Dinger had just reconnected with.  They produced one album for Captain Trip, which I've still to hear.  Back with la! NEU? though, and in late 1997 then began work on fleshing out a long keyboard piece of Rembrandt Lensink's with Dinger's drumming, Viktoria Wehrmeister's vocals and a hell of a lot of phasing effects.  The result, Autoportrait Rembrandt, grooves along nicely with enough variety to not outstay its welcome, and was performed again at the final la! NEU? concert.

Also featuring at the Kunsthalle gig, effectively giving the listener a full live version of Year Of The Tiger to compare & contrast, was Notre Dame.  The original studio version here fills its epic running time with a drum loop, mellow guitars from Dinger and his 80s guitarist Spinello, and a gorgeous vocal performance from Viktoria.  Little bits of electronics, cheerful conversation and other ambient sounds drop in and out as the piece goes on, all adding up to possibly the most lovely extended track in the la! NEU? catalogue.

mega / zippy

la! NEU? complete catalogue at SGTG: Düsseldorf | Tokyo '96 Live | Zeeland | Goldregen | Year Of The Tiger (this post) | Live At Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

7 comments:

  1. Thank you for all the la! NEU? albums (in the past and recently). I think my entire collection originates from SGTG. The only Klaus Dinger gap I have now is the album Klaus Dinger + Japandorf (2013). That one turns up nowhere online. Thanks again! Tony ^v^

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    1. Wasn't planning on a proper post for the J-dorf stuff for a while, but I'll put a temporary link in the comments here at the weekend so you (or anyone else) can grab 'em :-)

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    2. Thanks for the temp link, but you know what? I don't mind waiting at all (I think you get that way when you get to be my age lol). You write "J-dorf stuff..." implying there's more than that one album I mentioned? ^v^

      Tony

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    3. There's one Japandorf and one 'pre-Japandorf', a kind of bridge between la! NEU? and Japandorf. Enjoy!

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    4. https://www32.zippyshare.com/v/ohLBDFan/file.html

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    5. Alan, thank you so much for the link. Just dl'd them! :)

      Tony

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  2. This will be my first la! NEU? album, somehow back in the day I never paid any attention to them. Looking forward to hearing this. Many thanks.

    -Brian

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