Boomkat Product Review:
Ace reissue of this album of cover versions from Justus Köhncke which pre-dates his involvement with Kompakt - a firm office favourite here back in the day. "Spiralen Der Erinnerung' (The Memory of Spirals) was intended to be a very personal and private statement, which cared little for musical conventions at the time. The cover versions of "At Seventeen" (Janis Ian) and "Old Man lean' (Neil Young) are laid bare on brittle 80s synth-pop instrumentals, that veer between melancholy and brilliance. 'Wichita Lineman' by Jimmy Webb (once penned as 'the greatest pop song of all time') is a spacious, breathy synth opus, with gentle filters creating movement where the drums should be. 'Let 'Em In' (Paul McCartney) is morphed into an analogue synth ditty, with Kohncke's Germanic intonations on these classic lyrics leaving a strangely endearing residual taste. "I Keep A Close Watch' (John Cale) sounds like prototype Moby, a template that was soon to make it big in the late 90's early 00's. There's definitely a time and place for engaging in this kind of nostalgia, hazy afternoons in the sun or twilight jaunts to the rooftop spring to mind, but Kohncke himself finds solace in the satisfyingly indulgent pop excursions he creates."