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Boomkat Product Review:
There have been so many '70s krautrock-inspired synthesizer albums out in recent times that it's probably time to start wondering when the well will run dry. Fortunately for Californian analogue experimenter Jonas Reinhardt there's nothing about his contribution to the genre that suggests he's running low on ideas. More straight-faced than Zombi, and more authentically 'kosmische' than ARP, Reinhardt earns his place amongst his already-established contemporaries. This album doesn't merely reference the krautrock inner sanctum however: there's as much of an influence from John Carpenter or Jean-Michel Jarre at work on 'How To Adjust People' as there is from Tangerine Dream. Reinhardt keeps returning to arpeggiated synth lines as a structuring device, bringing an element of tonal propulsion to compositions like 'Lord Sleep Monmouth' and 'Lucian Lift', and whenever anything resembling a beat does appear it never seems as if its detached or programmed in, but rather it arises organically as a rhythmic side effect to whatever synth modulation happens to be taking place at the time. The clipped tremolo stabs of 'Worm Breach The Struggling Fire' would be a good example of this, resembling the kind of proto-kraut sounds that were derived from '60s psychedelia whilst steering sufficiently clear of new age-isms to avoid straying into kitsch hippydom. Another great contribution to an increasingly swollen genre, Jonas Reinhardt's very honestly retro album somehow turns 'derivative' into a positive adjective.