Monday, March 5, 2007
Can - Ege Bamyasi (1972)
Can is a German pysch-band from the seventies that have had such an influence on bands like Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Talking Heads, The Joy Division, and David Bowie. You can really sense of Can's psych/jazz/chaotic sound and influence in works that the above named have recorded, Radiohead being a very big one. Can has been said to have done more than any other band to really define "krautrock". Granted i can't say if they have or not but what i can say is that their music in both "Ege Bamyasi" and in "Tago Mago" is music that you would be hearing now. That' how far ahead of its time it was.
Can's album "Ege Bamyasi" was released in 1972 after they released their double album "Tago Mago" in 1971. One of the singles off of "Ege Bamyasi", "Spoon", was on the German Top 40 list due to its usage as a popular German television theme song.
You will notice right away how complex and multi-layered each song is. There seems to be so many different instruments being played at once. This really adds to the full feel of this album. Not to mention that the psych feel you get from it is unmistakable. So once again check it out and see what you think of this great "krautrock" album.