Can, a German band that was part of the experimental music scene that gave birth to Kraftwerk, Neu!, Cluster, Faust, and Harmonium, is set to release a new box set called “The Lost Tapes.” Can’s influence extends from Radiohead and Boards of Canada to Fugiya Miyagi, Primal Scream and Death in Vegas.
More recently their sound can be found in the likes of acts like Solar Bears.
Featuring Malcolm Mooney on vocals, Irmin Schmidt recalls: “[This was a] spontaneous live composition from the time in Schloss Nörvenich. The owner of the castle – who let us use the studio for free – was an art collector and sometimes we would play for his guests at the opening nights of exhibitions. Malcolm loved to confuse the people by using an actual event – somebody was called Doris – repeat a few words relating to that event over and over again, like a mantra, obsessively until it would actually become scary.”
“Deadly Doris” sounds like the prophetic work of a band searching out ground that would later be tread by James Murphy with LCD Soundsystem, from the rhythm straight to vocals. The other teaser, “Millionespiel,” is something approximating acid-punk fused with Ennio Morricone, with a fantastically proggy flute solo. Brilliant material.
“The Lost Tapes,” curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, compiled by Irmin Schmidt and Jono Podmore, and edited by Jono Podmore, is comprised of previously unreleased tracks, not outtakes. Look for it June 18, 2012 on Mute.
Listen to “Deadly Doris” and “Millionespiel” below, along with the tracklisting.
Waiting For The Streetcar
Evening All Day
When Darkness Comes
Blind Mirror Surf
Your Friendly Neighbourhood Whore
Spoon – Live
Dead Pigeon Suite
Abra Cada Braxas
A Swan Is Born
On The Way To Mother Sky
Networks Of Foam
Messer, Scissors, Fork and Light
Mushroom – Live
One More Saturday Night – Live