Camera — Radiate!
(Bureau B BB116, 2012, CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-02-12
Radiate! is Camera’s debut release and quite an impressive first outing to be sure! The eight tracks alternate with the odd numbered tracks being energetic and the even tracks mellowing out, thereby providing an enjoyable listening experience of the finest Krautrock bliss. Similar to their second album Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide, Radiate! could easily be mistaken for a long lost Neu! or Harmonia album. The faster tracks feature motorik beats and mind-numbing fuzzed guitar, while the slower tracks are trancelike in comparison. It is very difficult to single out specific tracks as the whole disc is wonderful. Though I find the fifth track “Utopia Is” with its relentless bass beat accompanying the cosmic Krautrock jam to certainly be Utopian. Fans of Neu!, Harmonia, Michael Rother, and Klaus Dinger will surely love Radiate! Camera takes a no holds barred approach to Krautrock and is a welcome addition to the new group of bands like Mugstar and Carlton Melton who are extending the genre.
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