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.
We round out our week with a track from Chicago noise legend Dan Burke (Illusion of Safety). We are lucky to have him hosting The Voice of Reason during the Rock Show on Mondays from 2-6:30PM central time. Here’s what Dan says about his pick:
Short but VERY sweet. The last few seconds always reminds me of Microstoria! Underappreciated pop record from 1974 finally got a re-release (in 2001).
WNUR DJ Jessica Peng spoke with singer songwriter Maris Maeve, a senior student at Northwestern University. Her latest album “Inflection Point” was released in 2012, songs from which were featured in the Spring 2013 issue of NU Helicon literary magazine.