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Artist: PYROLATOR
Title: Ausland
Format: CD
Label: Ata Tak
Country: Germany
Price: $14.00
"Ausland -- a conceptual album? Or, home is where the voice is. After the release of his debut album Inland and the equally well-rated first LP with Der Plan, the Pyrolator started summer 1981 with his work on Ausland. In the heat of summer 1981 the album was recorded, with the help of various international musicians, in the studios of the brilliant inventor and sound-genius Werner Lambertz on the first digital-sequenzer Brontologic, the first production outside the Atatak-studios. The reaction of the press and the public could not have been more euphoric when Ata Taks tenth release Ausland finally appeared at the end of 1981. Musikexpress conferred a top rating and Diedrich Diedrichsen applauded in Sounds "At last weve made it: a German record which one can enjoy all the more because its not the usual well for Germany ... A record with qualities not yet achieved during the years of stagnation in the Germanys New Wave music". Even the international press is unanimous. New Musical Expresss Chris Bohn elevated Pyrolator to a great pioneer. Alfred Bos of the Dutch magazine Oor wrote I dont wish to dramatize, but this record could prove to be an important influence in 10 years time, just like Monster Movies from Can or The Faust Tapes from Faust." - Ata Tak.
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Artist: PYROLATOR
Title: Inland
Format: CD
Label: Ata Tak
Country: Germany
Price: $13.00
"Inland -- a protest album? After the first Daf-LP Inland is the second release of the young atatak-label in 1979. His musical experimentation was eclipsed by feelings of protest -- the result of strongly politicized times, the Deutsche Herbst (peak of post war anti-establishment activity in Germany) and its resulting build up of arms as well as an increasing conservatism in the liberal-socialist coalition in Germany, highlighting in NATOs resolution to station fire power in Germany, the failed atomic policy with symbolic incidents at Gorleben and Harrisburg as well as increasing worries about an atomic war. Pyrolator began to play with the idea of making a protest album of a different nature -- without words, without speech or without blurting out lyrics more typical of the punk movement. Images were to be born purely from sounds telling of protest and criticism. The album title Inland was not just a title, but a bill hinting at the cultural, social and political phenomena of the late seventies. The innovative disc was not only mentioned in Germany (Sounds; Rock Session 4: Effective for Intellectuals, Independent Expressiveness of Synthesizers), also the New Musical Express took notice of Inland: Pyrolators solo album is a synthesis of everyday sounds (rain, prattling school children etc.), loops and keyboards -- very fascinating. Even in later years reference was made to Inland -- e.g. the cover decorated the title page of Testcard Magazin. Six additional tracks were included on the resulting CD from the same period of the recordings." - Ata Tak.
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Artist: S.Y.P.H.
Title: Am Rhein
Format: CD
Label: Ata Tak
Country: Germany
Price: $17.00
"As a sequel to Wieleicht this is -- in the original words of D.Diedrichsen -- the fabulous White Album of Germanys underground rock in German. S.Y.P.H.s second offering on the the Ata Tak label and S.Y.P.H.s last album in more or less its original formation with Harry Rag (vox), Uwe Jahnke (guitar also with Fehlfarben and Toon), Jojo Wolter (bass) and Ralf Bauerfeind instead of Ulli Putsch on drums. In conspiracy with the groups Mittagspause and Fehlfarben S.Y.P.H. projected Germany onto a punk and Neue Deutsche Welle (German New Wave) plane which other groups later dissected and commercialised. S.Y.P.H. is primordial punk, Dada in its best sense as well as Trance-Rock which no weed can beat. Like no other band from the legendary early 80s scene in Düsseldorf, S.Y.P.H. -- (Smashed Yankee Pummels Homo or Save Your Pretty Hearts) -- assimilated influences from Can, the Kinks to Pere Ubu with unrivalled originality and anarchism. S.Y.P.H.s Am Rhein moves playfully in the groove. The long trek from Industriemädchen(Industrial Girl) in the late 70s to Picknick im Grünen (Picknick in the Green) is artfully dealt with. S.Y.P.H. 87 no longer stands out there alone and colossal, but for magicians meandering through 1000 ideas, building bridges from island to island, emptying out the pop marshlands sludge and enabling the essentials to come into view. And somewhere between a psycho pop odyssey and nursery rhymes, their music comes over as completely uncramped -- an aural rural sculpture. The music is a concoction of rock, film, literature and experimental -- its all there. And yet there is a concept to all this -- a critical standpoint to what officially and what unofficially exists or happens. The groups ingenuity lies in their skill to come out with the absurd without the intellectual need to make sense where it doesnt exist, with a result that the only meaningful element is what remains in the music itself." - Ata Tak

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