Monday, 25 July 2016
Moebius-Plank-Neumeier - Zero Set (1983)
But the undisputed star of Zero Set is Guru Guru drummer Mani Neumeier. A long time friend of Moebius, who'd featured on Harmonia's second album, Neumeier plays live drums throughout, giving this album a unique organic feel in an era taken with the possibilities of drum programming. Reacting to the rhythm of Moebius' synth sequences, Neumeier subsequently plays across the beat, adding fills and whatever else he feels like.
At its most effective, this combination infects the two fantastic tracks at the album's centre with a jittering funkiness up there with Eno & Byrne's collaborations of the previous couple of years. When the rhythms wind down in Zero Set's closing minutes, keep listening closely (as I overlooked this on early listens) for the jungle-like ambience. Then listen to the whole album again, several times. Utterly essential 80s German electronica.