Fernwarme

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After issuing his classic third album, Katzenmusik, the first real anthemic electronic trance record and the culmination of everything Rother had worked on with Flammende Herzen and Sterntaler, a change in direction was necessary. First was the separation from his production alliance with Conny Plank and drummer Jaki Leibzeit. For the first time, Rother delved deeper into the keyboards than he did his guitars, and there has been no turning back since. While simple rhythmic structures still dominate the album, they are muted and deeper in tone. It's as if the bass drum was put under a pillow and programmed; the guitars slip into the background as atmospheric color and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
After issuing his classic third album, Katzenmusik, the first real anthemic electronic trance record and the culmination of everything Rother had worked on with Flammende Herzen and Sterntaler, a change in direction was necessary. First was the separation from his production alliance with Conny Plank and drummer Jaki Leibzeit. For the first time, Rother delved deeper into the keyboards than he did his guitars, and there has been no turning back since. While simple rhythmic structures still dominate the album, they are muted and deeper in tone. It's as if the bass drum was put under a pillow and programmed; the guitars slip into the background as atmospheric color and the keyboards themselves multiply and become not only the primary textural elements, but the primary chromatic and timbral ones as well. This is, by and large, extremely meditative music; it exists in the dark tones of black and gray and feels more opaque in its constructions. Gone are the soaring melodies of Katzenmusik that threatened to come right through the speakers and bust open the listener's heart with their optimism and emotion. They are replaced with fragments, smaller ideas that echo and turn in on them as they develop. When the guitars do present them, they stay far from the Motorik rock & roll of earlier recordings and become instead the pillars of a framework whose ambiguity lies solely in its lack of distinguishing one track from another. In other words, Fernwärme is a tapestry of instrumental songs whose theme is far greater than the sum of its parts, with the possible exception of "Erikonig," which offers glimpses of the Motorik sound and the twin guitar flanges, but even here, it's in a minor key, its effect is more subdued and reflective, even somber. Does this make it a bad record? Far from it. Fernwärme is a beautiful recording, a move away from convention and into invention, and one that marks a real transition in German rock music in particular. Welcome to the darkness.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2007
  • Label: Water
  • UPC: 646315720723
  • Catalog Number: 207
  • Sales rank: 199,450

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Silberstreif (4:41)
  2. 2 Elfenbein (5:27)
  3. 3 Erlkönig (7:13)
  4. 4 Fortuna (6:24)
  5. 5 Klangkörper (5:03)
  6. 6 Hohe Luft (4:54)
  7. 7 Fernwarme (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Rother Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Track Performer, electronics
Jaki Liebezeit Drums
Technical Credits
Michael Rother Composer, Producer, Author, Audio Production
Gary Hobish Remastering
Pat Thomas Reissue Producer
Filippo Salvadori Reissue Producer
Nathaniel Russell Reissue Layout
Brendan Greaves Liner Notes
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