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Price: £19.16 (exc) £22.99 (inc)


Originally released in 1980 this is the 3rd electronic music solo album by the keys player from 70’s Kraut-Rock bands: MEDUSA and NINE DAYS’ WONDER!

Having played his way through the 1970's in the rock combos above Michael Bundt embarked on a solo career in the latter part of the decade, going on to release three albums, all of which saw him explore the vast potential the of electronic music genre. Delightfully varied and typical of his willingness to experiment, his music orbits around Krautrock, Berlin School Electronica, Space Futurism and Synth Pop. ‘Electri City’ was his last album.

‘Electri City’, his 3rd and last album, was created in 1980 in Bundt’s own recording studio. Using a PPG synthesizer and a Teac four-track tape recorder, he anticipated the home recording trend. He worked on the mixes with a Revox tape machine, cutting and splicing by hand. Whereas he had enlisted guest musicians on this album’s predecessor: ‘Neon’, this time around he did everything himself, except for two tracks which featured keyboarder Steve Robison (Reiner Geyer) who had played with Bundt in the Krautrock band NINE DAYS’ WONDER.
The resulting LP is replete with experimental electronic music that is psychedelic in places - music that leaves the Krautrock of ‘Neon’ far behind. ‘Electri City’ is like a science fiction story: inquisitive, playful, energetic, willing to take the fantastic on board. Step sequencer miniatures flow easily through the music as it conjures up electrifying escapades of synth FX and distorted field recording fragments, laced with melodies heavy on portamento - all coming together in a complex, expressive musical structure that would not be out of place in a Captain Future film.

Michael Bundt dedicated ‘Electri City’ to the fictitious character Kilgore Trout who was created by the author Kurt Vonnegut. Trout appears in a number of Vonnegut’s novels, usually described as an unsuccessful science fiction writer whose stories, at best, make it into pulp fiction comic books or the pages of men’s magazines. We can only guess why Bundt singled him out for his dedication.
Synthesizer music at that time was generally considered suspect, purportedly trivial, in contrast to the pure playing techniques so freely exhibited in Progressive Rock. Perhaps Bundt felt that this mirrored the fate of Trout’s eminently readable works, Vonnegut’s intradiegetic stories.
But Michael Bundt was not going on the defensive with ‘Electri City’. His playing career thus far had already offered proof enough of his virtuosity. So ‘Electri City’ is a charming concept album in the spirit of futurism, with Bundt now creating music that resonated with the retro-futurist cover illustrations of 1950’s science-fiction magazines. Michael Bundt cast aside his instruments and stepped away from Krautrock, purposefully striving for purely synthetic analogue sound.

So, yet another long-lost gem gets the resurfacing treatment from the ever-reliable Bureau B – as always with the label, even if you were not aware of the original release at the time, they feel that you should have been!

‘Electri City’ is also available as a CD Digi-Pak – Stock # 1889864

‘Electri City’ is released on 16th September 2016.


Side 1:
01. Full Steam Ahead (5:19)
02. Lunatic Love Song (4:51)
03. Terrania [Electri City] (4:00)
04. Android’s Wedding (6:20)

Side 2:
01. March Of The Martians (9:00)
02. Metagony (3:23)
03. Tower of Osc (7:22)

TPT – 40:15