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K2PROJECT - K2Project (CD/Digital Download)

 
SZYMON KALISKI - For Isolated Recollections (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
KARMACOSMIC - Music for Tantra & Meditation (cd)

 
CAROLA KASSNER - Planetary Voyage (CD)

 
KEBU - Perplexagon (CD/LP)

 
KEBU - To Jupiter and Back (cd)

 
DAREN KECK - Quiet Hillside (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
KELLER & SCHöNWäLDER - Long Distances (cd)

 
DETLEF KELLER - The Breakfast Event (CD/Digital Download)

 
KEVIN KENDLE - Lagoon of Eternity (Deep Skies 2) (cd)

 
KEVIN KENDLE - Light from Andromeda (Deep Skies 4) (CD/Digital Download)

 
KEVIN KENDLE - Light from Orion (Deep Skies 1) (cd)

 
KEVIN KENDLE - Light of the Pleiades (Deep Skies 3) (cd)

 
KEVIN KENDLE - Winter (cd)

 
ANTHONY PAUL KERBY AND TOMAS WEISS - Distant Shadows (CD/Digital Download)

 
JOHN KERR - Embracing the Inevitable (CD/Digital Download)

 
KETTEL - Myam James 2 (cd)

 
KETTEL - Myam James Part I (cd)

 
CHAD KETTERING - Into the Infinite (cd)

 
CHAD KETTERING - Pathways (CD/Digital Download)

 
CHAD KETTERING - Voices of the Ancients (cd)

 
AL GROMER KHAN - Music from an Eastern Rosegarden (cd)

 
KINESIS - Beyond the Galaxy (cd)

 
FRANCOIS KIRALY AND CHARLES CREVIER - Calypso (cd)

 
RAN KIRLIAN & JAJA - Cosmos Vol. 1 (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RAN KIRLIAN & LANDRU - Waterfront (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
RAN KIRLIAN - Elements in Motion (cd-r)

 
RAN KIRLIAN - Formations (cd-r/Digital Download)

 
RAN KIRLIAN - Isolated Landscapes (Digital Download)

 
RAN KIRLIAN - Melting Point (cd-r)

 
RAN KIRLIAN - Sleeper (cd-r)

 
BERND KISTENMACHER - Antimatter (CD/Digital Download)

 
BERND KISTENMACHER - Beyond the Deep (CD/Digital Download)

 
BERND KISTENMACHER - Celestial Movements (CD/Digital Download)

 
BERND KISTENMACHER - Un viaggio attraverso l’Italia (cd)

 
BERND KISTENMACHER - Utopia (cd)

 
KITARO - Daichi / (From the) Full Moon Story (Lp/CD)

 
KITARO - Impressions of the West Lake (cd)

 
KITARO - Oasis (cd)

 
KITARO - Ten Kai/Astral Trip/Astral Voyage (Lp/cd)

 
GREG KLAMT - Fluxus Quo (cd)

 
GREG KLAMT - Fulcrum (cd)

 
KLANGWELT - The Age of Numbers (cd)

 
KLANGWELT - Weltweit (cd)

 
FRANK KLARE - Digitalic (cd)

 
KLOOB - Solid Foundations (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
CHRISTIAN HøY KNUDSEN - Hav (cd)

 
JEFFREY KOEPPER - Arctisonia (cd)

 
JEFFREY KOEPPER - Etherea (cd)

 
JEFFREY KOEPPER - Konnektions (CD)

 
JEFFREY KOEPPER - Luminosity (cd)

 
JEFFREY KOEPPER - Momentium (cd)

 
JEFFREY KOEPPER - Quadranteon (cd)

 
JEFFREY KOEPPER - Radiate (cd)

 
JEFFREY KOEPPER - Sequentaria (cd)

 
JEFFREY KOEPPER - Terrelektra (CD)

 
WLADYSLAW KOMENDAREK & PRZEMYSLAW RUDź - Unexplored Secrets of REM Sleep (cd)

 
MARIO KONRAD - Submerging (cd)

 
KRAFTWERK - The Man Machine (cd)

 
KRAFTWERK - Trans Europe Express (cd)

 
KRUSSELDORF - Fractal World (Digital Download)

 
KUBUSSCHNITT - Entropy’s Evolution (cd)

 
KONRAD KUCZ - Railroad Paths (cd)

 
KONRAD KUCZ - Vita Contemplativa -Litania- (cd)

 
KURTZ MINDFIELDS - Journey Through the Analog Adventure (45 Years of (CD-r/Digital Download)

 
KURTZ MINDFIELDS - The Dreaming Void (Lp/Digital Download)

 
KWOOK - Skywave (cd)

 
KWOOK - Unidentified Feathered Object (cd-r)


KRAFTWERK
Trans Europe Express
CD, EMI, 1977
In the period between the pioneering "Autobahn" and the band’s breakthrough-album "The Man Machine", Kraftwerk road the edge with the cool avant-garde album "Trans-Europe Express".

The lyrics on this album are quite sparse, giving way to a great portion of hypnotizing music which captures a feeling of almost "eerie warmth". Both music and lyrics illustrate the mechanical routine of modern ways of life, as robots and machines become more and more part of our daily activities.

But on the other hand, robots resemble man, as man seems to resemble robots. This is properly proofed by the strong repetitive track "Showroom Dummies" when they break through the glass to go disco dancing.

In fact, this song is Kraftwerk's first multi-language song, as next to the English one also versions in French ("Les Mannequin") and German ("Schaufensterpuppen") were composed.

But one can’t overlook the fascinating centrepiece "Trans-Europe Express", which is a journey by train through Europe but one of fascinating and hypnotizing character.

The track gently flows into "Metal On Metal", and almost seems to touch ambient-ground when we get to "Franz Schubert".
In the closing 0:45 track "Endless Endless" the circle is closed as we can hear details of the opening track "Europe Endless".

All in all, "Trans-Europe Express" is an inventive piece of art offering gentle melodies over an array of consistent beats as the various themes expand.

© Bert Strolenberg

 
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