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Tag Archives: Avant-Rock

Animal Collective – Another White Singer

Sometimes it’s hard to remember when Animal Collective were experimental, and this Residents=like track from their second album, 2001’s ‘Danse Manatee’ is a strong reminder. It’s recommended that one checks out the rest of the album if this tickles your fancy, as the band throw up shapes resembling everything from primitive Techno, through This Heat, to their friends and fellow travellers Black Dice. This was back when they felt as vital as the rest of the Brooklyn noughties scene.

This Heat – Repeat

This Heat re-work their 1979 track ’24 Track Loop’ and stretch it out for 20 minutes. This was released in 1993, though we are unclear about when this edit actually occurred. Answers on a postcard, please.

Einstürzende Neubauten – Unvollständigkeit

Brooding, smouldering stuff from their 2007 album ‘Alles Wieder Offen’; which the band rendered terrifically when they played in London this month. Proof that not all greats shine briefly before a slow downward trajectory.* Incredible stuff; truly.

*paraphrasing Sick Boy from Trainspotting here.

Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdrive

Murky psychedelia from the original Pink Floyd line up, and from their 1967 debut album ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’. This set the tone for so much of the Krautrock that came a few years later, and traces of this track can be heard in music by bands like Faust, Amon Düül II, Tangerine Dream, Ashra Tempel et al; and it’s influence can be found on Avant-Rock from places other than Germany up until this day. It’s easy to forget about the impact that their early material had with all of the Prog and Neo Prog that followed, but a glance back to their very early days should rectify that.

Einstürzende Neubauten – Yü-Gung (Fütter Mein Ego)

From their jet black 1985 album ‘1/2 Mensch’, Yü-Gung (Fütter Mein Ego) sits alongside the work of EN admirer and friend, Jim ‘Foetus’ Thirlwell. In fact, Jim jumped in to help play this track one time when they were playing live and Mufti a.k.a F.M. Einheit cut his leg open whilst throwing around sheet metal. Great stuff and a total joy for those who miss the metal bashing era of Industrial music.

Boredoms – Super Shine

After the glitchy trickery is over, this track from their 1998 album ‘Super æ’ becomes a magical, Psych Rock monster of epic proportions. Get on thy knees and pray.

The Mothers Of Invention – The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet

What can be said about the ending track from The Mothers debut album ‘Freak Out’ (1966)?* It’s a beast of breakbeats, wailing, and tape cut up’s that predicted Krautrock, among many other avant-rock “styles”, ahead of time. It can be easy to forget how important Frank Zappa was after all of those years of guitar solo albums and Rock n Roll cynicism, and now and again we need a reminder of his importance.

*Which, incidentally, was the very first ‘Rock’ double album

Boredoms – Acid Police

Bridging the gap between Butthole Surfers and early Black Dice, Boredoms 1994  album ‘Chocolate Synthesizer’ was a far chaotic-cry from the mantric whizz of ‘Vision Creation Newsun’. Puerile at times, and engaging in disruption for the sake of disruption (although, what’s wrong with that?), the album isn’t an easy listen. Opener ‘Acid police’ is pretty smooth compared to what follows, and is a joyous racket.

Faust – Lights Flickr

Faust (or is it now faUSt?) return with some gnarly noise Rock. This is from their forthcoming album ‘Fresh Air’. You can’t keep the old Krautrockers down.

Avarus – Live At The Beach House

Not sure when this is from; possibly circa 2008. However, dig these Finnish Freaks jam.

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