Grobe, Klaus Johann – “Traumhaft / Nicht Du Stoppen” – [Trouble In Mind]
The last Swiss band that mattered to me was Trio. That was awhile ago, but if you wait long enough something new will come along to catch the ear and fill the head. And along comes Klaus Johann Grobe, the Swiss duo of Sevi Landolt on organ, synth and vocals and Daniel Bachmann on drums and vocals. This 45 is their second release following a successful 10 inch which caught the ear of those in the know. This 45 continues in their pursuit of European geek funkiness sort of. Reviews harken the sound to krautrock yet they swear it is not an influence. Yet it sounds krautrocky. And like geeky Stereolab (and this is a good thing). Repeated notes, driving rhythm, late 70’s to early 80’s organ and synth sounds, simple and solid drum beats, singing in German. When asked what they sang about the guys responded with the usual suspects such as love, relationships, experiences, politics but in a not so straight forward way. Some reviews called it Dadaist and Landolt and Bachmann liked that label. “Traumhaft” is more “soulful” if you could call it that. Soulful with synth…. and German lyrics….. by geeky smart guys. With an edge. “Nicht…” is the more krautrock sounding piece, with the pulse hitting a beat that just starts to stick in your head. If pop music sounded more like this, I’d be listening all the time.