Automat — Automat
(Bureau B BB161, 2014, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-03-17If you find multi-textured rhythms and percussion interesting, then you will be delighted by this debut release by the Berlin trio of Jochen Arbeit (guitarist with Die Haut and Einstürzende Neubauten), Achim Färber (drummer with Project Pitchfork, Prag and Phillip Boa), and bassist zeitblom (Sovetskoe Foto). Coming together in 2011, it took them three years to release their first album. Automat tells a story of Berlin’s four former airports: Tempelhof “THF,” Schönefeld “SXF,” Tegel “TXL,” and Gatow “GWW.” Plus there are three other percussive narratives on the disc: “The Streets” featuring Lydia Lunch, “Mount Tamalpais” featuring Genesis Breyer P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and “Schlachtensee” featuring Blixa Bargeld of Einstürzende Neubauten. These three artists are more like old friends or trusted colleagues than strictly guests. Their spoken voices integrate with the music without dominating. In fact their voices lend more of an atmosphere than merely reciting or singing, as it can be difficult at times to discern what they are saying. Rhythm and percussion dominates the seven tracks and in many cases there is little to no melody, just some incongruous sounds accompanying the beats that oddly maintain your interest throughout each track. “SXF” is particularly hypnotic, pushing the listener to the verge of consciousness. There is something about this track that reminds me of Pyrolator’s “True Love” from the 1981 release Ausland. Though not for everyone, the adventuresome listener will find something interesting in between the grooves.
Related artist(s): Automat
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more
Clogs - The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton – It's an actual place: Lady Walton's Giardini La Mortella acts as a foundation in memory of her late husband, the composer Sir William Walton, provides the setting for classical performances and –... (2011) » Read more