Sunday, January 6, 2019

Take Pills – Consumer Drones (2005)




  • Experimentalism 
  • Electronic music 
  • Krautrock 
  • Motorik 
  • Experimental electro 
  • Minimal synth 
  • Avant-garde

Comment: undoubtedly the US-based Andrew Cauthen was one of the most interesting artists along with Cagey House, Amitron 7, starstarstar, The Japanese Gum, Children Of The Drone and Joxfield ProjeX whom I had discovered while embarking on with my blog 10 years ago. The visual trademark of him used to be a bicycle on the cover print of every issue. Musically his sound is still mind-blowing, for example, the recent one is a convergence of krautrock-driven motorik beats a la Neu, and on the other side it is a mix of ambient plateaus and droning phases. In truth, he does away with guitars. Earlier, I guess, five years ago I would have considered it an example of pure electronic sound, however, today it chimes to my ears at least partly like a solid German experimental rock project from the 70s. Additionally to Neu! as already mentioned above the minimalist influences by Konrad Schnitzler can be heard on this 8-track outing. Of course, one can also draw parallels upon the electro sound from Detroit but the seminal impulse came from Germany. However, the latter point is not the most essential but it is a very fine listening experience. In a word, let's consume it.
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