The mindblowing musical innovations of Krautrock, the often repetitive and electronically-infused German answer to American psychedelic music, have been well-documented these last few years. There is legendary status surrounding bands like Neu!, Kraftwerk, Amon Düül II and Cluster – and we are especially proud to present the Danish debut of two such iconic figures: Hans-Joachim Irmler of Faust, one of Krautrockʼs main driving forces, and Jaki Liebezeit, the rhythmic backbone of Can.
Hans-Joachim Irmler began experimenting with sound-generating technology at an early age. In 1969 he was drawn into a collective of musicians and filmmakers that would become known as Faust. Their eponymous 1971 album featured electronically generated and distorted sounds and arguably constituted the most far-out album hitherto released on a major label.
Jaki Liebezeit might well be the grooviest drummer this side of Afrobeat. With his unrivaled hypnotic drumming, he has earned the reputation as a human drum machine, an extremely subtle, yet astonishingly efficient and accomplished percussionist, whose importance is as unquestionable as his playing is unique.
Together they explore the hidden potential that lies dormant in the clash between prepared organ and drums in a way that mixes improvised structures with electronics and Liebezeit’s unmistakable robotic-yet-organic beats. Irmler and Liebezeit are perfect examples of experimental musicians who have managed to stay eternally relevant, and it is a duo that we cannot recommend enough.