Karl Bartos, Photo by Marion von der Mehden, 2003
UNCUT / UKREVIEW: OFF THE RECORD
By Piers Martin
Ex-robot's nostalgic synthpop
Karl Bartos co-wrote The Man-Machine, Computer World and Electric Café during his 15-year stint as Kraftwerk's percussionist (...)
Off The Record marks a return to form – literally – with Bartos, now 60, drawing on his personal archive of home recordings from the '70s and '80s for a sentimental scroll through the memory banks (he calls it "sound biography").
Crunchy and vocodered, "Atomium" and "Rhythmus" will be familiar to anyone who's heard The Man-Machine, yet a sense of wistfulness prevails: "I wish I could remix my life to another beat", he sings on "Without A Trace Of Emotion".