The Obscure Department by Robert Coyne With Jaki Liebezeit
In the follow-up to his acclaimed debut “Woodland Conspiracy“, the guitarist and singer-songwriter Robert Coyne has now released his second album on the Meyer Records label, entitled "The Obscure Department".
Featured on the cover next to Robert Coyne is Jaki Liebezeit, the legendary Can drummer and percussionist, who has collaborated with the son of the British multitalent Kevin Coyne on this latest 12-track offering. Supported by Liebezeit's subtle, yet incisive drumming, the simplicity and intimacy of Coyne's lyricism, together with his mellifluous and sophisticated vocals, combine to conjure a compelling and evocative sound. A fascinating and highly successful experiment.
Jaki Liebezeit is a drummer probably best known as a founding member of Can who has been called "one of the few drummers to convincingly meld the funky and the cerebral". ,,In the mid-1960s, he was part of Manfred Schoof's quintet, who were early exponents of European Free Jazz.
He subsequently moved towards the new possibilities being opened by psychedelic music as a member of Can. His drumming was prominent in the band's sound, particularly in his much-admired contribution to the side-long "Halleluhwah" on Tago Mago. Liebezeit is best known for his exceptional "metronome" style of playing; other members of Can have suggested that he sounds as though he is "half man, half machine".
In 1980, he became a member of Phantomband, and has formed drum ensembles such as Drums off Chaos and Club off Chaos. Later he recorded with numerous musicians, such as Jah Wobble and Philip Jeck, with whom he produced an album for Jah Wobble's 30 Hertz Records, and has contributed drums and percussion to many albums as a guest throughout the years, such as the Depeche Mode album Ultra and Brian Eno's album Before and After Science. Recently, he has worked with Burnt Friedman on the Secret Rhythms albums and with Schiller on the Atemlos album.
1. Signature Song
2. Delicate Flower
3. Dove Of Peace
4. The Wonder Of Me
5. Why Would I Remember You
7. 21st Century Magic
8. White Residue
10. Laugh Now
12. The Obscure Department
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