Günter Schickert & Pyrolator / ML & Vincent Manfuoco & Frans Ambient
Marmo Music presents
Günter Schickert`s "Labyrinth" album release party.
Release preview : bit.ly/2GtoB9u
GÜNTER SCHICKERT - Echodrive, Marmo, Ziguri
PYROLATOR - Ata Tak, Fehlfarben, Der Plan
ML - Nts, Müstique
FRANS AMBIENT - Kashual Plastik, Cashmere Radio
VINCENT MANFUOCO - Marmo, Cashmere Radio
Günter Schickert`s new LP “Labyrinth” is out for Marmo Marmo on June the 1st 2018. For the occasion we host exclusive solo live performances by the man himself and by Pyrolator as special guest. We talk about unique legendary acts who rarely appear in public, two artists that, in spite of not reaching major acclaim, have substantially contributed to the shaping of German sound since the 70ties.
Günter Schickert, four decades of multi-instrumental cosmic explorations, under Berlin`s sky, above genres, and compromises. Listening to his debut LP of 1974, the monumental “Samtvogel”, it is an overwhelming experience. All those layers of echoing guitars roaring into space can cause major releases of dopamine. “Samtvogel”, self-published first, then licensed to Brain, equaled the imaginative leap and sonic power of the early Pink Floyd, Manuel Gottsching`s Inventions For Electric Guitar or A.R. & Machines `s Die Grüne Reise. What followed, from his second LP Überfällig on Sky Records to his collaborations with Klaus Schulze, Jochen Arbeit and Schneider TM, even if little acclaimed, spans a large spectrum of music styles, always through a distinctive and personal aesthetic, that is deeply linked to the one he firstly crafted back in `74, when Schickert pioneered the use of echo effects applied to guitar playing.
“Labyrinth”, his first album to be released on vinyl format since 1983`s “Kinder In Der Wildnis”, is kaleidoscopic work, a chamaleonic selection of pieces recorded between 1996 and 2017, spanning from exotic sceneries to psych rock calamities, from Ambient and Concrete Musique to extravagant and emotional songwriting. This record stands for versatility, where genres do not matter, soundscapes or life situations take over, emotions pop out, handing out a spectrum of surprises to the listener.
Pyrolator is the soloist project of Kurt Dahlke, a quintessential cross-over protagonist within German post-war underground music scene like a few others around. After co-founding DAF in 1978 but leaving it after only one year after, he joined two other iconic bands who made history, Der Plan and Fehlfarben. Around the same years, he developed his solo alias Pyrolator and opened the legendary Ata Tak label, which became one of the most prolific laboratory in shaping the sound of the so called Neue Deutsche Welle movement, launching groundbreaking German acts such as Andreas Dorau, Holger Hiller, Der Plan, and Elements Of Crime.
So stated an Ata Tak advertisement from around 1986:
" This is German music of the Eighties! We shall not rest until the German people have regained style, culture, and self-consciousness “.
As a matter of fact, by listening to Pyrolator`s 80ties works like “Ausland” or “Wunderland”, it is easy to be captured by its extravagance, versatility in Styles and strokes of genius , as much as feeling bewildered by sonic mash-ups and unpredictable bizarre arrangements : industrial “terrorism”, synth-wave, dream-pop, machine funk, proto-elektro, elektro-schlager, punk-funk, world music references, synth-exotic disco, field recordings, funny vocal samplings, rhythmical polyphony, childish psychedelia, the whole through an evolved Punk attitude and DIY craftsmanship.
To celebrate Günter Schickert`s “Labyrinth” and his uncompromising carrier, there could be no more special guest than the labyrinthine Kurt Dahlke, along with his own multifaceted discography and relentless contribution to artistic freedom and music exploration.
Independent music journalist and “150 Session” Radio presenter at NTS, Michael Leuffen is a refined taste maker digging deep into the realm of musical subcultures and obscurities. Whether he plays records on radio or at clubs, his picks are always outstanding and hardly unnoticed.
Recently he has started his own label Müstique and established a residency at Paloma Bar.
Kashual Plastik `s head honcho is a protagonist of Neuköln`s vibrant scene, an influential disc jockey and selector, also thank to the cult radio show “ Plastik Universe” he hosts on Cashmere Radio.
With his own label Kashual Plastik, he has been experimenting an authentic DIY approach made of intriguing graphic aesthetics and an "hard-to-pigeon-hole" sound which takes inspiration from 80ties Synth-wave, EBM as much as from Ambient electronics.
Marmo Music label owner & Acid Shampoo presenter on Cashmere Radio.