|Cologne Tape — Welt (31 Mar, 2017)|
Cologne Tape — Welt (31 Mar, 2017)=> Welt 8 by Cologne Tape featuring drums from Battles’ John Stanier. Seven years after Cologne Tape’s ‘Render‘ mini LP launched the Magazine label, the nine~strong crew have reconvened at the city’s Dumbo Studios for a second collection. Again reflecting that uniquely~Kölnish strain of musical creativity, ‘Welt‘ draws plentifully from both the krautrock well and the more recent minimal source championed by Kompakt et al. Repurposing Dumbo Studios to near~earth orbit on Welt 1, the Cologne Tape troopers commence in spangled, post rock territory before veering off into the gauzy, windblown ambient beat explorations of Welt 2 and the slack~jawed Krautechno bliss burn of Welt 3 (Magazine Edit).
=> The spectral Welt 4 marks the point where Cologne Tape really let loose, PNN affiliate Isis Lace making her presence felt through some ritualistic chants over a lolloping, improvised kraut composition. Welt 5 unfurls into some sort of spiritual Cologne~based brethren to the rainforest techno of SUED, the mood seeping into the superb Gas gone minimal kosmische immersion that is Welt 6. A brief vignette of experimentation led by grand piano on Welt 7 follows before the assembled mass combine for a space rock finale on Welt 8, whose chunky live drums sort of spoil the mood cultivated from the album’s midway point.
Location: Cologne, Germany
Style: Leftfield, Krautrock, Ambient, Experimental, Techno
Album release: March 31st, 2017
Record Label: Magazine
1. Welt 1 8:42
2. Welt 2 5:06
3. Welt 3 (Magazine Edit) 9:21
4. Welt 4 5:42
5. Welt 5 5:01
6. Welt 6 7:29
7. Welt 7 3:00
8. Welt 8 8:30
=> Album; 2xLP, CD, digital
=> A limited edition of 39 records came with an original copy of Magazine 1 (warehouse find).
=> Burkhard Mönnich: Guitar (Welt 6)
=> Jörg Burger: Mastered
=> Bastian Wegner: Magazine Mixed
=> Ada, Axel Willner, Barnt, Philipp Janzen, Jens~Uwe Beyer, John Harten, John Stanier, Jörg Burger, Mario Katz: Performer
=> Jens~Uwe Beyer: Producer
=> Jan Philipp Janzen: Recorded
=> Rebolledo: Voice (Welt 1 + 4)
=> Isis Lace: Voice (Welt 6)
=> The totality of the many in one: Cologne Tape, an on and off gathering band from all over the world, did not call their second album “Welt” without reason. The collective incorporates the nucleus of the label Magazine and consists of the artists Ada, Barnt, Jens~Uwe Beyer, Jörg Burger, John Harten, Philipp Janzen, Mario Katz, John Stanier and Axel Willner. All members live scattered between Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg. => They meet rarely and abruptly, but each of them always has the feeling that something relevant needs to be done. The ensemble’s name represents a city and the musical recordings that are made in it.
=> Their first release, “Render”, marked the start of the label Magazine in 2010 and found the way into DJ sets by famed artists like Dixon with music, which does not necessarily have the dancefloor in mind. Subsequently, little, absolutely sublime pieces of Cologne Tape appeared in the public. Sometimes in the middle of a Magazine mix for London’s online magazine Dummy, or on compilations like “My Heart’s In My Hand, And My Hand Is Pierced And My Hand’s In The Bag, And My Heart Is Caught” a double~vinyl sampler for an exhibition by British video artist Phil Collins.
=> And now, after six years of more or less overwhelming silence, “Welt” arrives and brings the world eight musical arrangements, all of which answer to the same name and only differ numerically in their title. They were performed and recorded at the Dumbo Studios in Cologne as part of a happening, during which the nine Cologne Tape members gathered in a room to play a solemn concert for themselves without a given frame. Unfiltered emotions, which were later, refined with drums and synth sounds by John Stanier and Axel Willner and then arranged into a dramatic story arc under the direction of Jens~Uwe Beyer. Furthermore some of the recordings feature friends of the collective such as Mexican artist Rebolledo, the guitarist Burkhard Mönnich and the singer Isis Lace, who all happened to be close by and joined the band spontaneously during in their musical ritual.
=> Now the recordings of their time without time will see the light of the day. They all tell — together and alone — stories of deeply felt musical experiences, which quickly become profound experiences too for those who listen to Cologne Tape, when they play the grand piano, synthesizer, vibraphone, organ, drums, guitar and more while celebrating a freewheeling ceremony. Panoramic music that enables the listener to enter a world of sounds and rhythms, which all reflect in depth what Cologne Tape is as a band and a piece of art.
Feature by Music Team | 16 Feb 2017
★ Cologne Tape is an on~and~off gathering of musicians from all over the world, incorporating the nucleus of the label Magazine and consisting of Michael Dippel (aka Ada), Barnt, Jens~Uwe Beyer, Jörg Burger, John Harten, Philipp Janzen, Mario Katz, John Stanier and Axel Willner, who you may well know as The Field. All members live scattered between Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg. They meet rarely and abruptly, but when they do each of them always has the feeling that something relevant needs to be done.
★ Their first release, Render, marked the start of Cologne label Magazine in 2010 and now after several years of silence, their new record Welt is here. Eight musical arrangements (the last of which you can listen to in the player below), all of which answer to the same name and only differ numerically in their title. They were performed and recorded at the Dumbo Studios in Cologne, during which the nine Cologne Tape members gathered in a room with the goal of recording new material but no set path to get there.
★ Those unfiltered emotions were later refined with drums and synths by Stanier and Willner, and then arranged into a dramatic story arc under the direction of Jens~Uwe Beyer. Some of the Welt recordings feature friends of the collective such as Mexican artist Rebolledo, the guitarist Burkhard Mönnich and the singer Isis Lace, who all happened to be close by and joined the band spontaneously during their musical ritual.
★ Welt tells a story of deeply felt musical experiences — their music enables the listener to enter a world of sounds and rhythms, which all reflect in depth what Cologne Tape is as a band and a piece of art. Describing Track 8, Beyer told The Skinny: “Welt 8 is one of the main tracks of the album. Philipp Janzen (from Von Spar) and John Stanier (from Battles) are both playing drums, and the other members played all the instruments they could find in the studio — for me it’s the hit on the record.” ★ http://www.theskinny.co.uk/
Jens~Uwe Beyer: https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/21015-the-emissary/
The Field: http://exclaim.ca/music/article/the_field-the_follower
|Cologne Tape — Welt (31 Mar, 2017)|