Classic krautrock through a new lens.
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.