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Dorothea Raukes’ glorious, pulsating 1981 kosmiche comet as Deutsche Wertarbeit returns to orbit with six cuts of cascading arps and optimist synth fanfare RIYL Conrad Schnitzler, Kraftwerk, Pyrolator
As member of Düsseldorf’s ‘70s prog rock band Streetmark, Dorothea Raukes would take over as the group’s lead synthesist in the wake of Wolfgang Reichmann’s passing in 1978. She led Streetmark to a mellower pop sound on their later albums, before going solo on a one-off mission as Deutsche Wertarbeit for Sky which has since gone down in the annals of prog/kraut/kosmiche history.
Remarkable as one of few women working within the kosmiche canon, Raukes’ work represents the sound at its richest and endearing, moving ever forward between the melodic, vocodered Kraftwerkian charms of ‘Guten Abend, Leute’ and the beat-less flight ‘Der große Atem’, with the sort of luft that can’t help but put a big grin on our mugs in ‘Deutsche Wald’ (which also starred on Soul Jazz’s Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3’ set), and onwards thru the soaring, Tangerine Dream-alike ‘Unter Tage’, to a slinky club ace ‘Auf Engelsflügeln’, and the heroic ‘Intercity Rheingold’ ripe for soundtracking train rides around the Ruhr.