"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Q AUGUST 2016 - by Rupert Howe
HOLGER CZUKAY: MOVIE!
Welcome return for Krautrock godfather's solo opus.
According to Julian Cope's book Krautrocksampler, every member of Can was "a Hero, a Wizard, and a True-Star", labels that fit bass player and studio visionary Holger Czukay every bit as neatly as his trademark drooping moustache. With his old bandmates joining the sessions for this 1979 solo effort, originally titled Movies and recorded following his departure from Can in late 1977, it's a transitional affair, but still infused with Czukay's quirky wit and wigged-out invention, especially on the fifteen-minute-plus Hollywood Symphony, with its snatches of found sounds and twitchy funk groove, and lilting Persian Love, which weaves filigree patterns from Arabic vocals and treated guitars. It also provides the perfect introduction to an enjoyably eccentric career, which over the following decade would embrace dub, electronica and collaborations with fellow sonic explorers Jah Wobble and David Sylvian.