NEU! 2 (Brain Records, 1973)
Today’s Krautrock gem comes from Maddie on Rock Show. Here’s Maddie’s take on her pick:
Formed by Klaus Dinger and Michael Rother after their split from Kraftwerk, Neu! is considered one of the founding bands of Krautrock, experimental German rock from the 1970s. “Neuschnee” embodies many of the distinguishing elements of Krautrock: psychedelic, repetitive, steady, guitar driven, but slowly building, giving it a driving yet gentle sound by comparison with rock contemporaries in other countries at the time. The lack of lyrics in this track force one to appreciate the instrumentals, which define the song as Krautrock. Krautrock, and Neu! in particular, influenced many rock and electronic artists in years to come. Other notable Krautrock bands include Can, Faust, Cluster, Amon Düül, Amon Düül II, Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh, Harmonia (featuring members of Neu! and Cluster), and Ash Ra Tempel, among others.