January 01, 1970

(Bureau B)


Like their
Germanic forebears – think Kraftwerk, Faust, and Can in particular — Kreidler
specializes in crafting compelling soundscapes that undulate and unfold with
hypnotic allure. Though relatively unknown until this point, the quartet has
been steadfast in their stride; Den
is their eleventh album, and possibly their most striking to date.


On tracks
like “Sun,” “Cascade” and “Celtic Ghosts,” they create a stunning audio
impression, seamlessly applying layer upon layer of tumbled effects and
overlapping instrumentation while propelling each entry towards a stunning
conclusion. While these can’t be considered songs of the hummable variety, nor
music for those who prefer more conventional designs, each offering does leave
its own emphatic impression. That’s the case throughout, whether it’s the
alternating crunch and gurgle of “Rote Wuste” or the equally bizarre imprint of
“Deadwringer,” which at one point sounds like heavy furniture being dragged
across the floor. Spectral effects and pulsating tones swirl through each
selection, but it’s the persistent rhythms that steer the aural acrobatics,
making Den a harbinger of fascinating
efforts yet to come.




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