Eine Kleine Nacht Musik

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Mod­u­lar Record­ings You have heard, we pre­sume, that Kraftwerk are “per­form­ing” in Ire­land on Septem­ber 13th? Well, here is some­thing they pre­pared ear­lier un­der an as­sumed name. Ac­tu­ally, scrub that. Eine Kleine Nacht Musik (the func­tion­ing unit) doesn’t in­clude any mem­ber of Kraftwerk, past or present, but the tit­u­lar album) does pay homage to the Krautrock fore­fa­thers in such a mo­torik-beat man­ner that you’d swear blind it was Ralf, Flo­rian and the lads hun­ker­ing down over their key­boards rather than Lon­don­based Henry Smith­son kneel­ing at the al­tar. It’s an in­cred­i­bly smart record in the way it ref­er­ences not just Kraftwerk but also the likes of (among oth­ers) Neu, DAF and Faust. Yet it isn’t as clever as it thinks it is. Pris­tine, shim­mer­ing melodies are no­table by their ab­sence (and, if there are any lurk­ing, by their lack of lus­tre). All in all, though, hom­burgs off to Henry. www.einek­leine­nacht mu­sic.tv Down­load tracks: Fin­ster, Das Re­gene­cho

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