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Boomkat Product Review:
Krautrock eh? What gives it such lastability and such effortless cool? I'm not sure but right now it doesn't get much better for me than having Neu!, Can, Popol Vuh and Ash Ra Tempel records on repeat, and clearly I'm not the only one. I managed (somehow) to miss Brooklyn/German duo Cloudland Canyon's debut album 'Requiems Der Natur 2002-2004' last year, but on hearing this EP (the band's first recording for Kranky) I know I've got to track it down instantly. There are plenty of Kraut imitators at the moment, but sadly most end up sounding something like Stereolab with rough edges, not that sounding like Stereolab is a bad thing, but sometimes you just wish there were more albums like Harmonia's 'Deluxe' to keep us entertained. Enter Cloudland Canyon, a band who are not only familiar with the best of Rother and Moebius, but also manage to do a great job of re-creating and re-jigging the sound for 2007 and then some. This EP is a mere two tracks (both clocking in at 12 mins) but within two tracks they have managed to distil more of classic Krautrock and prog than most bands manage in a decade. The opener 'Dambala' brings us into the record on a more transcendent, minimal tip with scorched strings and devastating looped synthesizers straight out of the Tangerine Dream back catalogue. Initially you might be reminded of Kranky classics - Windy and Carl possibly, maybe bridging into newer artists such as Keith Fullerton Whitman, but before long the track shows its true colours and bursts into the gorgeous 'Silver Tongued Sisyphus'. Beginning with what sounds like DX7 synthesized bells within three minutes we're greeted to a motoric drum beat and German vocals accompanied by reverberating noise that it's almost impossible to recreate (I reckon) without classic German gear. When the vibrato synthesizisers burst in it's like the moment you've been waiting for in modern Kraut rock and you have proof that although there are many pretenders, Cloudland Canyon are the real deal, pure and simple. One of Kranky's finest releases this year, I have a feeling this band are going to go from strength to strength and 'Silver Tongued Sisyphus' should not be missed under any circumstances. Utter brilliance - buy it.