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Düsseldorf's 2nd greatest band return with a new album of improvisational krautrock inspired by modern society’s plummet down the toilet.
Who would have bet on Düsseldorf veterans Kreidler to be among the first bands to do a ‘John Oliver’ and deliver a musical riposte to the unfolding Trump era? According to Bureau B, Detlef Weinrich and his fellow Kreidlerites had wrapped up a new LP early last year that showed a more playful and light side to the modern-day dark kraut-poppers. The ‘brutal shock of the US election’ left the band thinking this album wasn’t the correct message to send out so they swiftly set about laying down tracks for an all-new LP more in line with their trademark rhythmic dystopia.
‘European Song’ is the result of those swiftly-convened sessions, a five-track album rife with nervous energy that is all the more impressive for being improvised one take recordings. The politically-loaded inspiration doesn’t bear too much of a weight on the music though, acting more as spontaneous impetus to drive Kreidler’s refined chaos.
Fans of their classic 2010 album, ‘Tank,’ will love this new Kreidler set with both Kannibal and Radio Island bearing further traces of the band’s giallo love. The latter finds the band achieving a particularly devilish harmony, twisting abstract kraut rhythms with fluttered melodies over 13 intense minutes.