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Released 26th February.
With the band’s tenth anniversary in their viewfinder, CAMERA are all set to push
the button on “Prosthuman”, their fifth studio album in February 2021. As befits
an age in which realities can change in the blink of an eye, from one day to the
next, the Berlin band nevertire of changing themselves, their music or personnel.
As Karlheinz Stockhausen noted: “New methods change the experience. New
experiences change man.” Taking this as their lead, Michael Drummer (the
drummer) and CAMERA surprise us once more on“Prosthuman” as they reinvent
and reformulate their sound without sacrificing the project’s identity which has
matured over the past decade. Less surprising is the fact that some record stores
give CAMERA their own section, alongside Krautrock pioneers like NEU!, Can and
La Düsseldorf. “Emotional Detox”, the predecessor to this album, was distinguished
by the presence of two keyboard virtuosos (Steffen Kahles and CAMERA founder
member Timm Brockmann). Finding replacements for “Prosthuman” was, as Michael
Drummer stresses, “a difficult process.” The two keyboardists had – indifferent
creative periods – formed the backbone of a band structure otherwise prone to
fluctuations. Decisive input came from an unlikely source: Tim Schroeder, who first
teamed up with CAMERA as aperformance and video artist on their six-week tour
of the USA in 2017. Over the course of various jams and recording sessions, he was
able to offer ample proof of his synthesizers skills. Alex Kozmidi, a musician and
composer with a flair for experimentation, completed the triumvirate on guitar,
with Michael Drummer adding his own guitar riffs here and there. Change and
friction can be useful allies in pursuit of creativity, something to which Drummer
has grown accustomed as the only ever-present member of CAMERA. The pleasures
and pain of isolation – suddenly a mass phenomenon in pandemic times – are well
known to the quasi frontman of the group. Over the years, he has spent many hours
alone or with a shifting cast of co-musicians in the band’s basement studio, beneath
a former factory site in a less than hip southern district of Berlin. Virus-induced
social distancing and quarantine measures that came into force during the recording
process (June 2019 to June 2020) thus posed no great challenge.
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