I don’t know how I missed this album during Japanese prog week, but it was released this year and I want to cover it on #newlistening . Minami Deutsch is a Japanese krautrock band that I have covered previously, and I moderately enjoyed their 2015 self titled album, although I didn’t really think much of it. This time around, their album titled With Dim Light, I payed much closer attention to. It’s pretty standard stuff from the krautrock genre, although it contains much less of the typical psychedelic aspects and more the mellow groovy harmonies that I enjoy from Can. There’s this emphasis on the groove, with very precise attention to detail on the drum part. Albums like these require much more focus due to how precise these tempos are and there’s all these micro details with the drums that really make this album enjoyable to listen to. My main concern with this album is from a structural standpoint. The songs don’t contain any real minute details that make them stand out from one another. It’s the same 2 song patterns just kind of repeated over and over to fill an entire album. That’s not to say these songs aren’t good, its just that from a cohesive standpoint this doesn’t make for a great overall album. I honestly love every song on this album, the main issue is that every song is “the same” in a sense. I think this is actually mostly forgivable, because I think the band is taking a minimalistic approach to the genre. There’s no crazy percussion sections or yelping vocals like on a Can track. Making it minimalistic puts an emphasis on the minute attention to details that I mentioned earlier. I could see this “sameness” of the songs hurting some listeners experience, but this is an intentional decision to put an emphasis on the dense music theory contained within the songs.
Clip #1 from the recent @nousartmusic show on Oct. 7, 2018 for the @opositivefest show with legendary vibraphonist Karl Berger, Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood), Christopher Pravdica (Swans), Ira Coleman, and Ingrid Sertso joining NOUS founder Christopher Bono. This show was the result of a month long collaboration and improvisational exploration between Karl and Christopher and saw 6 recording dates with 16 musicians.
The November 17 and 18 shows with Kato, Christopher and Calvin are sure to be more noisy, ambient and minimal, but certain to keep the Nous experiments evolving and interesting!
Intento imaginar como una joyaza del cosmic psych kraut rock de este calibre ha terminado al cabo de los años en un mercadillo de España y ¡En mis manos!
I try to imagine how such a Cosmic-Psych-KrautRock HOLY GRAIL ended up here in a flea market in Spain... and in my hands.