‘ELOQUENCE – Complete Works’ is the definitive compilation of ex-Kraftwerk percussionist Wolfgang Flür’s electronic pop compositions from 2002 to the present day. He states, “I selected the tracks on ELOQUENCE to show the width of my artistic possibilities from lyric writing, melody development, working with my voice and my being involved in collaborations with interesting international artists”.
Wolfgang Flür is a self-styled, story-telling music presenter with the authenticity that having being a member of the foremost pioneering electronic band, Kraftwerk, affords him. Wolfgang explains his musicality, “With Kraftwerk, I was a drummer and device inventor. I only detected my own more melodic musicality after I left my former group. If Kraftwerk played minimal electro, then I now play ‘maximal electro’; for example, I have nothing against the sound of a trumpet in a song if it fits well, as in my track “Best Friend’s Birthday”. In this respect, ELOQUENCE charts my development from a drummer-boy to a melody inventor and story-telling man and it’s been a great journey for me which makes me happy.
Fittingly, ELOQUENCE starts with his sung autobiography, “I Was A Robot” which was a No.6 hit on the German Club charts. And instantly we hear Flür’s own Kraftwerk heritage shining through. Whereas Kraftwerk were known for their stripped down arrangements, Wolfgang overlays lush melodies that fuse elements of electronica, jazz, Krautrock, dance music and verbatim theatre into one truly timeless innovative track.
Wolfgang explains, “As a collection, ELOQUENCE shows my way of performing most of my songs as a story-teller than a vocalist. I slip into roles like an actor inside the song, trying to be the character within the song”. All of this happened with my very talented music partner and co-producer Stefan Lindlahr in his Sonicfield Studio / Neunkirchen. I met Stefan the first time during recordings for “On The Beam“ in former Konrad Plank Studio / Neunkirchen. Stefan and I hadsome real great days when recordung most of the ELOQUENCE pop music tracks.The second track, ‘Cover Girl’, was intended as Wolfgang’s mark II to Kraftwerk’s ‘The Model’. A story to follow the mannequin’s career (unfortunately to her end).
Born in 1947 in Frankfurt, Germany, Wolfgang Flür is synonymous as the electro-drummer of German electronic legends Kraftwerk during their most commercially successful period between 1973’s ‘Autobahn’ and 1986’s ‘Electric Cafe / Techno Pop’. Flür, with his then musical partner Florian Schneider, developed the world’s first electric drum pads board in 1973 for their recordings and stage performances.
Since 2004, Flür has been presenting music worldwide in clubs and at festivals as the ‘Musik Soldat’ playing tech-house, industrial and electro works of his own as well as of Kraftwerk, Karl Bartos and other international artists who he’s friendly with. This has led to some amazing international collaborations which are gathered together for the first time ever and showcased on ELOQUENCE.
Flür’s lyrical and vocal collaboration with Nitzer Ebb’s Bon Harris produced the track “Axis of Envy“. Flür also co-operated with Anni Hogan (former Marc & The Mambas / Marc Almond pianist / musical director) on the delicate and affecting closing track “Golden Light“. Wolfgang’s collaborations are as global as his stature; Moda Makina (Fashion Machine) having been created with Ramón Amezcua of Mexican band Nortec Collective.
One final highlight of this innovative, eclectic and warmly electronic album is Flür’s collaboration with Jack Dangers of Meat Beat Manifesto on ‘Staying In The Shadow’, an almost unusual music, Wolfgang was involved in with all his heart.
A truly international collection, ELOQUENCE in all of its editions – Clear Vinyl Double LP, CD and Download – includes German versions of ‘Cover Girl’ and ‘On The Beam’ and a Japanese version of ‘On The Beam’ sung by ex-Pizzicato Five’s vocalist Nomiya Maki.
Wolfgang adds, “I have included variant remixes of some of my songs in ELOQUENCE. Remixes are important to me because I need them for my ‘MusikSoldat’ live shows, where I am a music presenter for the crowds to dance to. Some of the remixes of my work are really outstanding so we thought to add them to the album. The tracks on ELOQUENCE are made in a spirit of fun and I hope that’s what fans will see. Exploring the process of music making was also fun to me and my musical partner Stefan Lindlahr. When we reach our listeners and fans with such fun, we can be more than happy.
Eloquence: Complete Works is released October 16th. Pre-order the album here.
01 – I Was A Robot / 02 – Cover Girl (The Ninjaneer Mix) / 03 – On The Beam (English Version) / 04 – Blue Spark / 05 – Staying In The Shadow with Jack Dangers / 06 – Moda Makina (Fashion Machine) with Ramón Amezcua / 07 – Beat Perfecto / 08 – Axis of Envy with Bon Harris / 09 – Best Friend’s Birthday / 10 – Pleasure Lane / 11 – Silk Paper / 12 – Golden Light with Anni Hogan / Bonus Tracks / 13 – I Was A Robot (Radio Edit) / 14 – Cover Girl (English Version) / 15 – Cover Girl (German Version) / 16 – On The Beam (German Version) / 17 – On The Beam (Japanese Version) with Noyima Maki / 18 – On The Beam (Tokyo Minimal MIX)