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Klaus Johann Grobe (CH, kraut exotica) at De Gudde Wëllen

November 23, 2016 @ 21:30 - November 24, 2016 @ 01:00

Doors 20:30
Show 20:45
Entry 11 (9 for students)

KLAUS JOHANN GROBE – Spagat der Liebe
Support: Slow Steve (https://slowsteve.bandcamp.com)

Klaus Johann Grobe continue to avoid easy classification with “Spagat der Liebe”, the follow-up to their mind-scrambling 2013 debut album “Im Sinne der Zeit”. Said debut was an easy to love, but hard to pin down fusion of krautrock, disco, Tropicalia, post-punk and experimental music that garnered rave reviews both in the USA & abroad. In between numerous European festival tours & opening slots for Temples, Moon Duo & the Growlers, the band holed up in their Swiss studio compound to record “Spagat der Liebe” in the autumn of 2015.
The sinister, late-night grooves present of their debut have been tempered a bit, in favor of somewhat sunnier dispositions, calling to mind an ecstatic party somewhere in sunny Ibiza. The albums title translates to “balancing act of love” & many of the tunes on “Spagat der Liebe” feel like love songs, either to a significant other, a mood, a feeling, or the dance floor – whichever you choose. The overall vibe of the album acknowledges the tenuous push & pull love can have on a person, not unlike the way a great DJ can make you feel ecstasy & romance all under an umbrella of glittering lights.
Tunes like album opener “Ein Guter Tag” & first single “Wo Sind” feel like a warm up, preparing the listener for the four-on-the-floor propulsion of “Rosen des Abschieds” – a song tailor-made to sweat to. Elsewhere the fragile “Heut Abend nur” (”Tonight Only”) & the synth-tickled “Ohne Mich” – which is closest the band has come to an honest to goodness pop tune – guides the listener by the hand towards floor fillers like “Geschichten aus erster Hand” and the absolutely DEVASTATING groove of “Liebe am Strand”, which is anchored by a rubbery bass groove & a killer flute solo that takes it over the event horizon.
“Spagat der Liebe” finds the band continuing to challenge listener’s expectations, eschewing overt stylistic tropes in favor of a feeling; keeping love, passion, ecstacy, melancholy, desire & affection in a nimble balance.
“Spagat der Liebe” is issued on compact disc & vinyl, with full-color inner sleeve (with lyrics) & artwork co- designed by band member Sevi Landolt.
RIYL: Stereolab, Marcos Valle, Neu, ESG, Blank Realm, Moon Duo, Human League


Slow Steve:

Bereit für ein charmantes Pop-Abenteuer? Im Mai veröffentlicht Morr Music Adventures, das Debütalbum von Ex-Fenster-Mitglied Rémi Letournelle und seiner Band Slow Steve. Nach einer Split-Single beim Berliner DIY-Label Späti Palace und der im Mai 2015 bei Morr Music erschienenen Steps EP reisen Rémi und seine drei Bandkollegen mit viel Analogcharme, französischer Eleganz und blubbernden Vintage-Synths quer durch die erträumten Galaxien und wunderlichen Tiefseewelten von Adventures. Nenn es weird, aber das hier ist die wundervollste Form von Amateur-Pop und der ganz normale Modus für Slow Steve. So wie für Ariel Pink, John Maus,
die frühen Future Islands, alte Krautrocker oder Arthur Russell – eine alternative Pop-Schule, zu der sicher auch Rémi bald zugelassen wird. Adventures ist jedenfalls mehr als nur eine Bewerbungsmappe


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November 23, 2016 @ 21:30
November 24, 2016 @ 01:00


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