Heavy Vanguard: Can // Tago Mago

Krautrock was a musical movement with roots in Germany during the sixties and seventies, with key focus on psychedelia, musical experimentation, and a heavy focus on repetition. Bands like FaustNeu!, Kraftwerk (in their earlier years), and, of course, Can, were integral in pioneering this sound.

However, Can’s adherence to the typical krautrock sound was short-lived, with this album as proof of that. While Tago Mago has krautrock elements in it (especially on the first half of the album), the band ultimately went beyond what others in the genre were doing and created something amazing and out there, full of experimentation with delay effects and tape music, among other things. It’s a long, dense listen that grows more difficult as the minutes go by, but it’s ultimately a rewarding experience that has proven to be a huge influence on modern music. Artists like Radiohead (specifically Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood), Primal ScreamThe Jesus And Mary Chain, and Public Image Ltd all have cited inspiration from Tago Mago. And, of course, this is one of our favorite albums as well! So, have fun!

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Jimmy is a New Hampshire-based writer with a penchant for singing Billy Joel while he thinks nobody is looking. On the more metal/hardcore side of things, he enjoys The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, and anything by Trent Reznor. He and Scott Murphy will one day rule the galaxy as father and son.