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Artist: ALTHOFF, KAI (FANAL)
Title: Fanal
Format: LP
Label: Sonig
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Kai Althoff, better known for his internationally renowned work in fine arts and his band "Workshop" (releases for labels like sonig, Ladomat, Lage Dor, Captain Trip and Finlayson) has released his second soloalbum under the pseudonym "Fanal"." - Sonig. "The second Fanal album is released, and as you might know, the man behind is Kai Althoff. It features some extraordinary, almost brutally nasty pieces about eviction and deportation as well as a song about the instructions of a sexually obsessed man. There are almost always vocals, and none of them are nice or pleasing. One of the songs now is SO German, so dont fool about it now and listen, follow the example: "He is not stupid, the German." The music is guitar, bass, synthesizer, drum computer and vocals, as already mentioned. To me it seems to be rather a vehicle to emphasise the words. The rhythm is always faster, apart from the track "Mit Den Hunden" (with the dogs). And finally Fanal poses the question: What does it mean to have a mother? Ones values are dismantled, taken apart and replaced by aggression... its Fanal again, heralding a fight by physical as well as mental means. For some this music is only distinguished by its nastiness, but theyll find that all they can hope for is an hour of gentle reckoning..." - K.Althoff. "The second Fanal album appropriates styles from across Colognes heritage of alternative music, from Krautrock to some of the more contemporary techno and electro-acoustic productions. Offering German lyrics that are fiercely brutal and coarse, Fanal II provides accounts of issues such as sexual obsession, eviction, deportation and even the occult.... Each of the eleven tracks emphasizes the impossibility of any coherent narrative for the types of persona that Althoff adopts, tending towards more corporeal, pre-verbal evocations." - Frieze magazine. Strictly limited to 300 copies. Highly Recommended!

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