BROCKMANN // BARGMANN

Licht Bu­rEAu B Berlin duo sculpt a mod­ern Krautrock clas­sic.

Prog - - Limelight -

Some­what re­call­ing Fripp and Eno’s spon­ta­neous mid-70s live ejac­u­la­tions, gui­tarist Franz Bargmann and key­boardist Timm Brockmann (founder mem­bers of Berlin trio Cam­era) de­cided to mate their gui­tars, pianos and ana­logue synths with no pre­pro­duc­tion and see what hap­pened. The li­ai­son paid off as Bargmann (cur­rently with Michael Rother’s live band) strikes up gui­tar rev­er­ies that evoke Frip­pa­tron­ics and Clus­ter, yet also veer into the deeply tex­tured rev­er­ies pi­o­neered by New York’s icon­o­clas­tic Loren Con­nors, all set against Brockmann’s spec­tral dream colours. While Sof­tarps and Prisma are im­mensely sooth­ing, the 10-minute Schat­ten whips up a sear­ing be­he­moth of a space jam rem­i­nis­cent of early Amon Duul II, bol­stered by Au­tomat drum­mer Achim Far­ber’s canyon-de­mol­ish­ing bom­bard­ment. The mo­torik groove un­der­pins the sleek cruise of Hor­i­zont, and Eurodisco even ex­poses it­self on the cheeky Muezzin, but it’s when the pair dis­pense with beats in favour of their haunt­ingly ce­les­tial out-of-body ex­cur­sions that the real magic sparks. Watch out for trick closer Hy­per which, af­ter falling silent for 15 min­utes, crashes back in for a fi­nal lap with all guns blaz­ing. Kn

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