Artist: Klaus Johann Grobe
Album: Im Sinne Der Zeit
Label: Trouble In Mind / Cargo Records
After the one-two punch release of a head-turning limited 10-inch EP in 2013, followed by an equally mezmerizing 7-inch (the “Traumhaft” single, reissued by TiM in Feb of ’14), Swiss duo KLAUS JOHANN GROBE finally unveil their full-length offering, “Im Sinne der Zeit “.
In their short existence, members Sevi Landolt (organ/synths/vocals) and Daniel Bachmann (drums/vocals) have concocted a unique sound that pulls equally from motorik krautrock, skittering post-punk, organic Brazilian grooves and glittering dancefloor strut that practically begs to MOVE you. With the ability to conjure up the ghosts of NEU!, BOB JAMES, MARCOS VALLE, SHUGGIE OTIS & STEREOLAB in the span of a single tune.
It ‘s an album that begs to be flipped over and over and over. “Im Sinne der Zeit ” is a glorious creation, the kind of album that sounds and feels like it ‘s floating off the grooves, alternately swaying between the fluid, jazzy, & (yes) funky rhythms & cool, deliberate mechanized grooves that squeal & squiggle with the pulse of an electronic heart.
Doubly strange is that although the duo sing exclusively in German, their tunes never seem anything less than warm & inviting, enveloping the listener in their welcoming embrace & comehither wink of the dancefloor. From the opening throb of “Between the Buttons”, to the robotic two-step of “Koffer “, the duo never lessens the intensity. While they may cool it down a bit, the grooves stay warm to the touch, culminating in the albums’s final two tracks; the dizzyingly infectious & celebratory party-closer “Regan Raus” & the final tune, “Vergangenes” which eases the listener into that after-hours cab-ride home.
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