Dusseldorf's gifted Kraftwerk, along with Can and Neu!, were pioneers of
electronica. Kreidler, one of the key members of the new wave of Germany's
electronica groups, has revisited their hometown's pioneering past for sound
inspiration. Their self-titled third release builds on the work of
previous, but has explored new musical directions. The
result: they've come up with some winning tracks. The overall mood is
thoughtful, cool, distant and uncanny, but the ambient sounds are more polished
than their '70s roots.
The music is built almost purely from Reihse's keyboards, Weinrich's
bleeping and clicking electronic sounds and Klein's drum; Alex Paulick's
guest bass takes up where Stefan Schneider left. The repeating rhythms build
interlocking circles, growing with each iteration. The first song,
"Circles", is most typical of the rhythmic pattern, and acts
as a blueprint for the rest of the album. There are only two tracks with
vocals: Momus' "Mnemorex", for which he also wrote the words, and Leo
Garcia's "Estatico". The Momus track is amazing; it's created from a series
of observations in a diaryv-- "Stitch me up straight like a snake cut in two"
and "A supa-fly guy/With bluebottle feet/Sticking to the ceiling". The
lyrics add to the eerie feeling produced by the heavy and distorted bass and
the spooky keyboard sounds that seem like a muted elephant trumpeting. These
are sounds well-suited to the self-proclaimed god of mockery, Nick Currie.
Momus, who is presently on tour with Kreidler, quoted a comment made about
Kreidler's music in his tour diary: "I think this music is about sex." It
sure as hell isn't made for dancing. If you find want a variation in your
musical diet from Marvin Gaye when getting your groove thing on, and require
something more intellectual, get Kreidler.