Boomkat Product Review:
In a bid to bring some attention back to Cologne, a collective of artists including Axel Willner aka The Field, John Stanier of Battles, Kompakt regular Jörg Burger and members of Popnoname and Von Spar have rallied together under the Cologne Tape banner to create a sound that reflects their city. Their music will be released on the Kompakt subsidiary Magazine, a label with aims to be "positioning itself between the art and music markets and enhance the value of the object and its collection in an environment that is getting more and more ephemeral". Lofty ambitions indeed, but ones fulfilled to some extent with their blend of krautrock and minimal Köln finesse. The tracks are hugely varied, ranging from spacious electro-acoustic rock with synthwavey melodics to strange techno, floating pop ambient and one ace Neu! style propulsion.