Kraftwerk's Karl Bartos announces 'Communication'
“Communication is about the way images determine our view of the world and how electronic media is going to change the content of our society," said legendary ex-Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos of his debut solo album when it was released back in 2003.
It was a pivotal moment in technological times and by extension cultural ones, the world of digital was no longer a on-the-horizon vision only brought to realisation by pioneers and visionaries – such as Bartos – but it was instead almost here, around the corner and facing everyone square in the face. Communication was an attempt to capture these changing, perhaps unknown, times and distil them through the voice of someone who most would feel comfortable being led into the future with.
Thirteen years later, Bartos re-releases the album complete with the previously un-included track ‘Camera Obscura’, which sounds like it could have been a lost track from Kraftwerk’s Computer World era.
A record that embodies change in both a personal and wider context - the lead single ‘Life’ perhaps being the most perfect representation of this: “finally, I have to get on with my life” he sings. Lyrically it speaks volumes but sonically it almost seems to pay a return thank you to New Order in its breezy, harmonious yet infectious structure.
Stream and share "Life" (2016) to be released on 7" on 26 February.
As you would expect from the man responsible for co-writing such Kraftwerk masterpieces and musical compositions - that have gone on to shape the current musical world as we know it. Communication contains plenty of melody-driven numbers that operate in a dual universe of pop and electronica.
Karl Bartos was a member of Kraftwerk from 1975 to 1990 co-writing some of their biggest hits The Model, The Robots, Computer Love and the subsequent Man-Machine, Computer World and Electric Café albums.