Tonetraeger is the name of the band, and it's German for "bootleg". Their second album, This Is Not Here, sounds like the German countryside. It's pastoral but seems to be populated by machines. You see, they are sort of a techno band - but these days, all bands are, and yet none are the way they were.
Which is nicer, I don't know, going on a train or to see people go?Ten years ago, electronic music was more about the novelty of the rapidly evolving tools. It was around the mid-2000s that this began to give way to simple utility. Here, vibraphones are arranged alongside the clicks and pops that used to be affectations of the all-digital. This generation of musicians simply grew up with electronic tools and they use them freely with all the older ones.
Which is better, to be inside waving, going for a ride? Or to be outside waving back, and watching the train speed down the track?
I think I know. It's nicer to watch ... except when you go.
It's a peaceful album, in the way that Pink Floyd's Meddle is. Also, it's happy: there is no angst here - strange, coming from the country that gave us the word. It is that rare piece of pop music that is light and occasionally silly but still evokes a mood and raises questions.