Clas­sic krautrock through a new lens.

Prog - - The Musical Box - KN

Start­ing life in Ber­lin as Krautrock Guerilla in 2012, the band formed by con­stant mem­ber Michael Drum­mer is up to their fourth al­bum of mo­torik whoopee with a twist, wisely chang­ing their name to Cam­era along the way. It’s hard not to re­call Neu! as the high-ten­sile bass throb and metro­nomic drums kick up tracks like Gizmo or the 12-minute Pa­trouille. How­ever, with Drum­mer now joined by Michel Col­let, An­dreas Mi­randa and re­turn­ing key­boardists Timm Brock­mann and Stef­fen Kahles (af­ter two al­bums as a trio and one as a duo), there’s fresh dirt and tex­ture on Cam­era’s lens. They’re not only hold­ing up this grand, of­ten ne­glected tra­di­tion but also be­com­ing a gen­uine force in Ger­man elec­tronic mu­sic as grooves mo­tor and em­bel­lish­ments reach for glis­ten­ing tran­scen­dent hyp­no­sis.

The al­bum is saved from homage by con­stantly quest­ing light and shade dy­nam­ics that can make

Ciao Ca­cao a breezy translu­cent glide or Him­mel­hof a dense wall of pul­sat­ing krautrock cel­e­bra­tion: loud, proud and romp­ing like it’s the 70s again.

Side two sees them stretch­ing out in neigh­bour­ing sonic vis­tas with equal aban­don. Ul­ti­mately, quite glo­ri­ous.

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