Title:

Neu! 2

Artist: Neu!
Release: 2015

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Genre

INFORMATIONS

Artist

Neu!

Label

Grönland Records

Release Date

2015

Catalog

LPGRONII

Additional information

Weight 0.280 kg
Format

EULP

State

Artist

Neu!

Label

Grönland Records

Release Date

2015

Catalog

LPGRONII

Description

This album further focused the classic Neu! krautrock sound, with the 11-minute “Für Immer” in particular being the archetypal example of their style-a forward-driving vamping, propelled by Klaus Dinger’s drumming and Michael Rother’s layered guitar with its fluid lines and droning harmonic structure. Pitchfork described the album as featuring a proto-punk sound, while Fact labeled it “spartan psych-rock set to power-driven drum tracks.”

Side 2 of the record caused consternation at the time. Neu! had quite simply run out of money to finish recording the album, so the second side consists entirely of their previously released single “Neuschnee/Super”, manipulated at various playback speeds on a record player, or mangled in a cassette recorder. Critics at the time dismissed this as a cheap gimmick and a rip-off. While it was indeed an experiment born of desperation and necessity, it was entirely in keeping with Neu’s pop art aesthetics, taking a “ready-made” sound object and re-presenting it with a series of stylized manipulations, and also quite in keeping with the way Neu’s music deconstructed and pared down the form of rock music. Dinger subsequently pointed to side 2 as being a prototype of the now ubiquitous multiple remixes which typically accompany any pop single release.

Grönland Records ‎– 2015