21 april 2019
With only minimal instrumentation, the miraculous German experimental rock formation known as Camera evoke the most hypnotic, surrealistic sounds. Characteristic of Camera in the early days was their guerrilla mentality; this band likes to play in unconventional locations, always looking for the boundaries between performance and space. Which is true for a real camera, also applies to this special band: every time you pick a record of theirs up, you will witness something new.
Customarily associated with the likes of NEU! and La Düsseldorf, it is time to allow Camera to break free of the krautrock tradition and accept that they are very much doing their own thing now. Motto: “It’s not repetition, it’s discipline.” We live in an age when everything happens at the same time – all of your music in one place, instantaneous streams on mobile devices, encyclopedic references checked in seconds.
The temptation to see connections everywhere can be overwhelming, the speed at which information travels slows us down. Camera’s new album Emotional Detoxencourages us to disregard these multiple distractions. That’s when detoxification kicks in.