“We are always more important than the machines we invent” intones a voice on ‘Diskonkordanz’, perhaps summing up this second release from this Düsseldorf / Shanghai-based duo, who operate synths, sequencers and samplers to great effect.
Very much in thrall to the German electronic groups of the 70s and 80s, ‘Pilomotor Reflex’ takes already futuristic Kraftwerk-style keyboard lines and updates them with glitchy beats and chattering background voices.
‘Squirrels Dancing Among Elephants’ (all the titles are incomprehensible, whether in English or not) has the motorik krautrock rhythm expected but unlike their debut album includes vocals in the form of atmospheric spoken word samples.
‘Samfundssind’ would do well soundtracking a sci-fi series, while the band save best till last; ‘Happiness Fragment’, a seven-minute frenzy of swirling, otherworldly sounds.
‘Anaphora’ is out now. This article originally appeared in the Hartlepool Mail.