Music Reviews

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Artist: VV.AA.
Title: Wir Triumphieren - Bergedorfs Kinderbandszene 1982-85
Format: Tape
Label: Alarm (@)
Rated: *****
Once upon a time, the weirdly glorious cassette was almost a fetish for teenagers, and we could say that a similar importantly cohesive significance had some toy keyboards and first computers, which became a sort of medium of any kind of physical and mental disease in a rising capitalist greed society. Whether you consider such objects as shuttles for spiritual journeys or carriers of youngish escapism, many interesting stylistic languages got developed on the more or less hot ashes of punk and electronic music. One of the most unusual and less known ones emerged in the shadows of improvised cassette label and "nursery" of West Germany besides punk and krautrock by the inelegant fancy of really young rudimentary sound artists. This precious document belongs to that historical moment in the 80ies, when wave and industrial begin to meet synths in the rooms of well-fed and particularly skilled boys. You maybe won't imagine that the source of this 80-minutes lasting tape is the collection of formerly unreleased experiments on shoddy Casio synths, drum machines and synth emulators by many youngsters (mainly aged between 9 and 15...you will recognize their age by the teeny voices you're going to listen) that Grotesk, the tape label that Felix Kubin and his brother Max founded in their parents' house in Bergedorf when they were their mindless years as children of a supposedly opulent West Germany on Chromedioxid II 60 BASF cassettes. Considering their limited tools, you won't believe how cheeky babies - many reviewers labelled the scene as "Kinderbandszene" -, who named their neurotic and really bizarre experiments in likewise odd ways such as x2 - they signed some of the most incredible tracks of this collection, including astonishing intersections with "mature" classical music...tracks like "Bach", "Klavierstuck", "Gesang Badadam" are really excellent -, Intensive Styroporsymbole, Universalanschluss, Die Egozentrischen 2 - featuring a baffling stridency between the acerbic roughness of 8bit and electrocrappy sounds and the intrinsic meaning of their content - could have done...



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