ISOLIERBAND: Kontrolle +: 12”

Isoloierband is the synth-pop brainchild of Bernd Zimmerman whose musical career spanned two decades (‘79-’99). That’s about as much as I can tell you about the man since there isn’t much information printed on the album’s gatefold other than a year-by-year timeline of the groups he was involved in. The internet yielded limited results, as the name Bernd Zimmerman appears to be quite common in Germany with much more information available on the neo-classical composer and architect of the same name. The primitive-sounding nature of the recordings seems to indicate that these tracks have been pulled directly from the source of rehearsal and demo tapes. Musically, it certainly falls somewhere in between English post-punk stalwarts Joy Division and German avant-garde pioneers Kraftwerk, although much more minimalist in delivery. Admittedly, my knowledge and appreciation for post-punk is limited at best. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that there are some diehards who are going to be thrilled to finally have access to these songs on vinyl. –Juan Espinosa (Red Lounge, redloungerecords.com)