Tarwater – Inside the Ships (Bureau B Records)
Tarwater are a German duo comprising Bernd Jestram and Ronald Lippok, the latter is also a member of electronic post-rock outfit, To Rococo Rot. “Inside the Ships” marks their 11th album release in a 15-year recording career.
Sound making is at the fore of their art and many sounds are so far removed from their origins to give fresh listening experiences, yet they urge these along with tripped, hipped and mechanical beats. Their sound forges ahead along a Krautrock continuum that shows respect and a nodding appreciation for their predecessors, without standing on their coattails. The electronic drum sounds of “Radio War” recalls Kraftwerk, “In a Day” grooves along with Can and Neu, “Sato Sato” - lifting its text from DAF’s “Alles ist Gut” - shows influences from a more synthetic post-punk and industrialist age.
“Do The Oz” is a cover of a John Lennon & Yoko Ono B-side from 1971, which showed solidarity for the underground magazine. The tail end incorporates more brass and has a darker, jazzier feel. “Furkan” is like an imagined spaceship ride with a simultaneous ambient and free-jazz accompaniment.