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ARTIST
TITLE
Atomium
FORMAT
7"

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CATALOG #
BB 080EP BB 080EP
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RELEASE DATE
2/5/2013

"Atomium" -- the first single from the new album by ex-Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos. "Welcome to one of the most emblematic buildings in the world -- the Atomium." No other edifice in Europe symbolizes the rise and fall of atomic power quite as dramatically as the Atomium. This gigantic model of an iron crystal, erected for the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, finds its musical voice on the first single lifted from the new Karl Bartos album Off the Record. But what does iron crystal music sound like? The ex-Kraftwerk member combines variable metrics and intelligent rhythmicity with calculated noise and the elegant weightlessness of his melodies -- neoclassicism meets avant-garde electronica. To achieve this, he delves deep into his music archives. And this is what makes the new Bartos album, due for release in early 2013, so sensational. Lost for many years, some of his early music has been reconceived and re-contextualised in a thrilling modern setting. Here's the story: during Kraftwerk's heyday Karl Bartos wrote -- off the record -- a secret acoustic diary. Based on his musical jottings -- rhythms, riffs, hooks, sounds, chords and melodies. Bartos rediscovered and analysed hundreds of tapes, piles of sheet music, and years of digital media. Inspired by his acoustic diary and adding his experience as a composer and producer, he has created twelve brand new songs -- written and performed with masterly skill.