ZEITKRATZER: Perform songs from Kraftwerk and Kraftwerk 2 LP/CD Karlrecords/Zeitkratzer Productions
Yes, it’s the ensemble Zeitkratzer once again playing homage to another well-respected artist. This time, it’s those electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk.
Without an electronic instrument in sight, Zeitkratzer cover classics, such as ‘Ruckzuck’, Klingklang’ and ‘Strom’ as well as others; with clarinet, trombone, double bass and a whole host of other orchestral instrumentation. It’s truly barking mad, but it’s also a wonder to behold, making complete sense to revisit some of Kraftwerk’s classics, via a different medium.
Sometimes, Reinhold Friedl’s Zeitkratzer over perform. In the past they have fallen short occasionally with their interpretations of others’ work. However, with this latest output, they have remained respectful to the original tracks and indeed, with an artist of such high calibre; anything less would have been a disaster.
If you are a fan of Kraftwerk, I urge you to hunt this one out. Devoid of any synthesizer as this is; it’s still a playful and enjoyable interpretation that is worthy of your time. If anything, it made me smile.