Schwund – “Technik Und Gefühl” (2019)

I picked this up at Berlin’s Bis Auf Messer Records on our recent visit to Germany. I can’t find a lot of info about Schwund online, and almost nothing at all in English. I’ve seen them described as punk, post-punk, and experimental… based on what I hear on Technik Und Gefühl it’s more toward the experimental side of the spectrum, perhaps even going as far as to use the dreaded term avant-garde. The songs have structure, but also tend to wander around, sometimes into unexpected territory. The constant is the use of synths in retro and unusual ways – “Binär-Indianer” makes you feel like some kind of demented circus just pulled into town, while I wouldn’t be surprised if the underlying rhythm on “Gut Gefunden” was actually one of the presets that was on the old cheap Casio keyboard I owned in the 80s.

It appears the vinyl version of Technik Und Gefühl clocks in around 49 minutes and is limited to 200 copies. However, there is also an even more limited cassette version (100 copies) that contains an additional 32 minutes of music. Copies of each are available on the band’s Bandcamp page HERE. If you only have time to check out a few tracks I recommend starting with “Taxi”, which is perhaps a bit less avant-garde than the rest of the album while also being its most fully realized song.

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