Friday, 9 September 2016
Conrad Schnitzler - Contempora (1981)
Time for some more Con artistry. For the follow-up to Consequenz, Schnitzler clipped back the track lengths even more and generally showed that he had his ear to the ground for what was happening around him in the burgeoning Neue Deustche Welle. Contempora was one of the purest expressions of his DIY aesthetic, offering thirteen untitled tracks in a plain white sleeve, self-released with only the album title stamped on the front.
As mentioned above, the first eight tracks on Contempora were Schnitzler's most succicnt yet, with none lasting over two and a half minutes. These upbeat, quirky pieces suit their reduced length well, and make for a hugely satisfying blast of Schnitzler's inimitable style. After this, we're treated to five longer tracks that are more like a natural development from Consequenz. The longest of these (B2 - I've titled each track to correspond with where it sits on the original LP, just because I like knowing where I am on an album like this) is the most interesting, and the highlight of the album for me. It's so uncannily close to '78 era Throbbing Gristle that if someone played me it blind and said it was a studio recording of what they were playing at, for instance, the Goldsmith's College gig, I'd have been near-as-dammit convinced.
Previously posted at SGTG: Con | Consequenz | Grün
Oh, and going back to grab those links has reminded me that I said I'd post Kluster 70-71, so expect that next week. Schnitzler will feature heavily, but accessible brevity most certainly will not.