Richard Schneider Jr.’s Dreamlike Land is a German rarity that has a distinct sound within the web of krautrock and Can offshoots during the 70’s. It may be the only krautrock record to incorporate the warm breezy Balearic samba rhythms of beachside Rio. A jarring contrast to the berlin-school explosion happening at the time, Scheneider Jr. and Jaki Liebezeit (drummer of Can) modulated the cold sounds of Berlin to create a collection of casual sunny groovers, psychedelic soundscapes and funky, cosmic synth explorations that somehow elicit a 90’s pop nostalgia. Schneider showcases his wide range of instrument ability playing glockenspiel, synthesizers, 12-string guitar, and tubular bells, while Jaki loosens up his typical metronome style of drumming to cater to the more relaxed compositions. The album was clearly made with a joyous wild abandon; there’s a heavy treatment of wacky 70’s sound effects including car crashes, planes zooming, and even some lead vocals are delivered in a childlike giggle. A truly symphonic spaced-out adventure through a dreamlike land, recommended for fans of Sensations Fix, Harald Grosskopf, and Can.
Recommended – A1 High, A3 Samba-Trip, A4 Crazy World, B1 Hello Beach Girls
Tags: Fusion / Krautrock / Samba