holger czukay Movie (LP, £17.50)label: Gronland
Holger Czukay’s first post-Can solo album finds the bass player exploring prog rock jams with varied instrumentation, song-oriented lyrics and media samples from film, television and short-wave. • It was the samples that put Czukay in the same category as David Byrne and Brian Eno: an art rocker exploring the early days concurrently with early hip hop pioneers (or alternately, a white man exploiting the culture of the third world, depending on who you read). • On ‘Persian Love’, Czukay backs up clips of an Iranian singer recorded off the shortwave with lilting guitar and keyboard riffs that sparkle like light. • The album is all pleasant, playful textures with little of the darkness that Can dallied with.
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