Boomkat Product Review:
A delectable reissue to rival Lifetones’ For A Reason for post-punk ingenuity and wavy pop genius that you never knew, Plaza Hotel’s Bewegliche Ziele could almost be considered the former’s parallel from the NDW / mutant / cosmic / “genial dilettanten” quarters of Germany in the same year, 1983.
Featuring none other than Can’s Jaki Liebzeit at the drummer’s stool, plus drum programming by Pyrolator collaborator Werner Lambertz, and all other instruments by former DAF member Wolfgang Spellmans with his wife Claudia Sennlaub a.k.a. Tabu on vocals, the results have clearly withstood the tests of time to sound incredibly fresh now, 35 years later.
There’s no denying the similarities between the flighty vox and fluid, Afro-beat influenced groove of Bewegliche Ziele and the dubbed-out swirl of Lifetones, but where that analogy stops short at the Plaza’s integral synthetic side, we could draw close comparison with Ralf & Florian’s Die Dominas project or even elements of Holger Czukay and Conny Plank’s Les Vampyrettes, or the most louche leanings of Din A Testbild.
Analogies aside, though; these are outstanding, transfixing tunes of the top drawer variety. Big tip!