Boomkat Product Review:
A necessary reminder of Conrad Schnitzler’s alien brilliance, reissuing the almost tropical swagger of his one-off with legendary german drummer Wolfgang Seidel
‘Consequenz II’ depicts hugely influential synth pioneer Schnitzler jamming with drummer Wolfgang Seidel, some decade after their recordings as Eruption, which would later be issued under the Kluster mantle. Recorded in 1983/84, and pressed to record in 1986 by Discos Esplendor Geometrico, the nine tracks sound like they had a top craic making them, with Seidel’s funky strikes synched to sticky electronics and guitars in party-ready permutations that variously touch on boogie disco, warped digi-dancehall prototypes, and mental electro, that both parallels styles of that era, and also sounds like nowt else from it.
Kicking off with what sounds like Mad Mike’s mushied brother from another mother on ‘Von Hand’, it takes in the pendulous electro dancehall jaw-droppers ‘Zack Zack’ and ‘Fiesta’ beside what could be a stray experiment from the original Såada Bonaire sessions in ‘Erotik’, plus proper nose-drip synth tang on ‘Windmill’ and the dippiest synth business in ‘Alhambra’. Their shared sense of humour surely coms thru in the collaged of wheezing Spaniards in ‘España’, before pushing right out into hall of mirrors synth psychedelia in the B-side’s 19 min long ‘Kastilien’, and leaving us in no doubt to their combined, wild genius.