Schneider Kacirek - Shadows Documents [vinyl LP+CD]

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Kenia meets Krautronics
Stefan Schneider and Sven Kacirek bring African
rhythms into dark electronica
Under the auspices of the Goethe Institute and Unesco, Stefan
Schneider and Sven Kacirek have spent a fair amount of time in
Kenya in recent years. As they travelled the country, they recorded
rare, traditional music in different locations, subsequently releasing
two albums of unembellished field recordings to document their
findings.
“Shadows Documents” takes a different approach: Schneider and
Kacirek graft their acoustically gleaned impressions of Kenya onto
pure electronic templates (with analogue accents). Field recordings
as such cannot be heard. A central role is played by the repetitive,
hypnotic element which is so integral to tribal music with its complex
rhythms. Both musicians share a fascination with these very rhythms,
a recurring theme in their careers to date: clearly audible in Stefan
Schneider’s work with Kreidler and To Rococo Rot, as well as on his
albums with Hans-Joachim Roedelius. In Kacirek’s case we can look
to his solo albums for evidence, in particular on the much lauded
“Kenya Sessions”.
The duo’s modus operandi differs from that of renowned Krautrock
pairings such as Dieter Moebius/Mani Neumeier or Michael Rother/
Klaus Dinger (= NEU!), where the drum kit plays a dominant role as
the driving force. With Schneider and Kacirek, drums mutate into a
sort of synthesizer instrument, almost subliminally melting into the
sound of other instruments as a virtual observer, adding a certain
nuance here and there, rather than performing a more catalytic
function. Played with greater restraint, the drums create variations,
translating physique into precision. Synthesizers, meanwhile, assume
many of the percussive duties.
A prominent guest musician joins the duo on one track. Niklas Addo
Nettey, a Berlin resident since the early 80s, played with Fela Kuti 70.
About the musicians:
Stefan Schneider (bass and electronics) is a founder member of
KREIDLER and TO ROCOCO ROT. He has worked with such
diverse musicians as Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster), Klaus
Dinger (Kraftwerk, NEU!), Hans-Joachim Irmler (Faust), Arto Lindsay,
Bill Wells, Hauschka, The Pastels, St. Etienne and Alexander
Balanescu.
Sven Kacirek (drums and percussion) has released three solo
albums thus far, including the highly praised “Kenya Sessions” in
2011. He has collaborated with Marc Ribot, Nils Frahm, Hauschka
and F. S. Blumm.