Tuesday 19 September 2017
Mythos - Quasar (1980)
The fifth album from this German band.
Mythos was a duo on this album with a lineup of guitar, flutes, drums, synths, vocoder, sequencer, synths and vocals. Markus Worbs did the drums while Stephan Kaske did all the other instrumens plus the vocals.
I have reviewed three of their first four albums and you will find the reviews somewhere else in this blog. It is fair to say that I have a rather ambivalent releationship with Mythos music. Hence my reviews.
Quasar sees the band stripped down to a duo. But it is essentially a one-man band with Stephan Kaske taking over the band and the name for what is essentially his solo-album.
The result is a strange one. Take a lot of new-wave, some new romantics (Ultravox & co) and a lot of electronic krautrock in the vein of Kraftwerk. Gary Numan has also been mentioned in connection with this album as a reference.
There is no denying that there is a lot of electronica here. Well, mostly all of this thirty-four minutes long album is a journey through an electronic music landscape.
That said, the music here is pretty dynamic too. This is not new-age ambient music. Quasar comes with a considerable kick and lots of energy.
It does not have much good music though. But I am not entirely dismissing it as a bad album as there is some good details here. I quite like this album. And the frequent use of flutes does not hurt either. Check out this album.