Monday, 8 January 2018

Thomas Dinger - Für Mich (1982)

A real wintry favourite today - this is the album I grab at the first sign of snow.  Für Mich was the solo project of younger Dinger brother Thomas (1952-2002), and as its title suggested the album came from Thomas' desire to record music that sounded exactly the way he wanted it, away from the artistic dominance of his brother and collaborator Klaus.

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".

mega / zippy

8 comments:

  1. Love this album as well! Really affecting and much appreciated..

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  2. I've always been an adherent of the association of certain albums or music to particular weather or times of the year. Looking forward to giving this a try the next hint of snow. Thanks for this.

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    1. No probs Rev. I always picture the first track as a walk through the snow, the third as a motorway drive through a blizzard, and the fourth as sitting looking out on a snowy courtyard - I'm probably nicking that last one from Thomas' own description of how he and Lampe used to look out to his overgrown apartment courtyard for inspiration for this LP.

      No doubt you'll have your own impressions - hope you get some snow to try it!

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  3. Alleewalzer derives from the Tintarella Di chord progression you mention. But when presented on tubular bells & synth, as here, it reveals itself as a great composition (I swear the original "Twin Peaks" TV series borrowed this tune somewhere, though I can't be specific). I ended up listening to it on headphones six or seven times in a row.

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    1. Absolutely beautiful track, that one. Definitely something Badalmenti-esque about it!

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  4. The lack of attention this album has gotten since it’s release and for that matter reissuing is rather astonishing.

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  5. This is an under-known gem. Thanks for the great blog. W

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  6. Have you heard Thomas Dinger's 2000? It's not as good as Fur Mich, but worth checking out. Has a much more depressive vibe, I feel. Makes me wonder if TD was already aware of the extent of his illness. It also makes me wonder how much more Dinger material (from both brothers) might be buried in the archives... P_D

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