Friday, January 8, 2010

An Album a day, #8: Yamo, "Time Pie," 1997

If you frequented enough indy CD stores over the last decade, you probably flipped past this in the dollar bin, and didn't give it a second thought. What is it? Well, it's the "solo" project of not-Rolf-or-Florian ex-Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flur (with an umlaut--on the "u", of course); except that it's not so solo after all because it was produced by Andy Toma and Jan St. Werner, aka German avant-garde electronica duo Mouse on Mars, who also shouldered a hefty share of the song-writing duties. So, if you were to think of it as a Mouse on Mars with guest vocalists album (albeit a work-for-hire one), you wouldn't be so far off. And you can also think of it as MoM's tribute to Kraftwerk, which after all it is; it's not a Kraftwerk pastiche (like another album I'll write up soon), but if you listen closely with this in mind, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. (It's amazing to me, btw, how many MoM fans have never heard of this album...)

"Stereomatic," with embedding disabled, so you'll just have to click through.

And here is the "Yamo electronic press kit":

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