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Uncut JULY 2016 - by Louis Pattison

HOLGER CZUKAY: MOVIE!

Second solo album from Krautrock mischief-maker

Can were a band more than the sum of their parts, four master musicians pulling together to create something of simmering tension and sublime artistry. Even working separately, they've produced some great music, although as the solo albums of Holger Czukay confirm, greater latitude lends plenty of space for eccentricities to flourish. Movies - here renamed Movie! for reasons not entirely clear - was made shortly after Czukay's departure from Can following 1977's Saw Delight, an album which found the bassist laying down his main instrument in favour of tinkering with a short wave radio dial. With its chopsy musicianship and spry sense of mischief, Movie! often veers closer to the fussy trickery of '70s prog than the more stoic, elemental Krautrock sound. It doesn't all stand up: Persian Love, a somewhat dated Afro-reggae shot through with rudimentary samples of Middle Eastern singers, for example. But there's a fully-fledged Can reunion on the broiling, groovy Oh Lord, Give Us More Money, Czukay and drummer Jaki Liebezeit joined by guitarist Michael Karoli and Irmin Schmidt on grand piano. And there's a gem of a pop song in the shape of Cool In The Pool, a friskily silly disco strut you might almost mistake for a Flight Of The Conchords record.

EXTRAS: Cool Pool, an instrumental take on Cool In The Pool.


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