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‘Solo’ collects the first four solo projects by Krautrock battery Michael Rother (Neu!/Harmonia, including his albums: ‘Flammende Herzen’, ‘Sterntaler’, ‘Katzenmusik’ and ‘Fernwärme’. It also features a selection of soundtrack work, as well as previously unreleased remixes and live recordings, featuring reworks and remixes.
Travelling the astral highway between 1977’s ‘Flammende Herzen’ and 1982’s ‘Fernwärme’, the set charts Rother’s contributions to Krautrock’s latter days and its transition into what could be called ambient style with ‘Katzenmusik’ .
Naturally, it’s all driven by Rother’s trademark, insistent/incessant 4/4 pulse, which became one of the defining elements of Krautrock, and fundamentally distinguishing the style from glam rock, American funk, and other popular modes of that ‘70s era, when German artists were fervently establishing their own style of music and identity, one distinct from what had come before them and what was pushed upon them both directly via American cultural imperialism, and indirectly via its pop proxies in the UK, France and other western nations.