The debut album from Shanghai / Dusseldorf krautockers Mood Taeg.
5. Mood Block
Mood Taeg: Exophora 12" coloured LP (Bot20)
- Ltd Edition blue 12" vinyl (limited to 250 copies)
Mood Taeg is a musical project split between Düsseldorf and Shanghai. The band is part of the wider Mood Taeg Kollektiv which includes musicians, graffiti artists, DJs, photographers, painters, and video artists. The project was started in 2016 as a musical outlet for Kollektiv members Lowell Freeman, TDK and K’ko but it is also a project for fellow Kollektiv members such as Faible who creates visuals for the band.
The musical style of Mood Taeg reflects their love of German experimental music from the 1970s and the legacy it has in other musical styles such as Hip Hop and Electro. The function of Mood Taeg is to create music which incorporates the motorik drumming of Jaki Liebezeit and Klaus Dinger, the melodic sensibilities of Neu! and Kraftwerk, and the experimentation of Can, Cluster and Harmonia to produce extended instrumental metronomic compositions that are contemporary and at the same time fit exactly within the lineage of their influences. Mood Taeg see their music as uncompromising but totally accessible. They don’t believe the form dictates the art; the art dictates the form. Thus songs can be 10 minutes long with long passages built on motorik grooves punctuated with vocal samples featuring anything from political lectures by Michael Parenti to sections from Michael Halliday’s books on Systemic Functional Linguistics. These vocal samples are a direct reference to Holger Czukay’s sampling, both with Can and in his later solo work.
Mood Taeg record all of their music at their home studio, Lowell’s Garden, and combine digital recording techniques with old analogue synths and instrumentation.
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