Glassglue

Danceable harshness, ordinary sadness, sophisticated elegance

Formed in London in 2003, glassglue present their first album, Fantods, on the German label Klangbad after ten years of live performances. Label-founder Hans-Joachim Irmler discovered the band in 2010 playing their regular slot in London’s legendary blues and punk venue, the 12 Bar Club.

Faust

If faust announce a last record then it might be a good idea to open up the ears, especially when the cover art of the new & last record is one big reference to their first record. The x-rayed "fist" appears again, this time with the fingers slightly more opened. 40 years lie between the two records. 40 years of many different line ups, record companies, financial disasters, artistic failures and successes. Whatever can happen to a band has happened to Faust. In that sense they are not an unusual group of musicians.

Hans-Joachim Irmler

How do you squeeze the life and achievements of someone like Hans-Jochim Irmler, a pioneer of krautrock, electronic music and sound experiments into one A4 sheet? But as the late great Sun Ra (also a great explorer of sound and an “organic” soulmate of Irmler’s) once said: “Man has tried the possible – and was has it lead to? So now it’s time to try the impossible.” (- which is also an apt motto for Irmler’s life and work.) Anyway, here we go:

Fifty-Fifty

FIFTY-FIFTY’s music is based on the idea of reduction: just two musicians. The music itself is boiled down to melody and rhythm. Thus they create space and transparency. The instruments are a piccolo drum kit consisting of a small drum, bass drum, cymbals and an afuché-shaker as hi-hat, plus toy piano and whistle. On top, soprano or tenor saxophone. Kniel drums with machine-like precision, weaving polymetric rhythms into acoustic loops. His circular-repetitive patterns arise from a deep calm: Zen-drumming in a highly complex simplicity.

DJ Marcelle / Another Nice Ness

Female Dutch DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess has been a member of the Klangbad family since 2007 when she first appeared at the Klangbad Festival. Since then she dj-ed at every festival and released two double vinyl mixes (2008s DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess Meets Her Soulmates At Faust Studio Deejay Laboratory and DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess Meets More Soulmates At Faust Studio Deejay Laboratory (2010)) on the Klangbad label. After summer the third installment in this series will be released: DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess Meets Further Soulmates At Faust Studio Deejay Laboratory’.

Ectogram

Often portrayed as post-tonal dronedelic psych-pop noiseniks, Ectogram create music that on first acquaintance appears to conjure up the sound of flowers bursting into bloom, the smell of freshly ground coffee and the feeling of angels walking over graves all at once. Upon further immersion, however it becomes apparent that Ectogram are the very source of these sensations rather than a mere depiction of them, casting their wholly new art way above the realms of both aesthetic and social considerations and into a rarified world of pure being.

Cluster

Immensely influential but painfully underrated: among others BRIAN ENO, DAVID BOWIE, AUTECHRE, TORTOISE, MOUSE ON MARS and PIVOT quote CLUSTER as a major inspiration.
the legend goes that ENO enjoyed working and hanging out with CLUSTER in their hideout in a former farm house in rural FORST (located in lower saxony) so much, that BOWIE literally had to drag his then producer back, to finish his album.
CLUSTER can be easily understood as "the originators of the space age" (as they have been dubbed in japan) or the forefathers of the recent COSMIC DISCO hype.

Dieter Moebius

Dieter Moebius ist eine Legende der deutschen Rockmusik: ein Krautrock- Pionier! Moebius war seit Ende der 60er Jahre Mitglied der einflussreichen Elektronik-Tüftler-Gruppe Cluster, aus der in den 70er Jahren - durch den Eintritt von Michael Rother von Neu - die Formation Harmonia hervorging. Cluster waren Wegbereiter einer elektronischen Ambient-Musik, ein Interesse, das sie mit Brian Eno (Roxy Music) teilten, mit dem sie einige Album einspielten.

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