The group, whose nine members include Barnt, Jens-Uwe Beyer, Ada and Axel Willner, will release an eight-track LP in the spring.
Something of a supergroup of mostly German electronic and experimental artists, Cologne Tape consists of Magazine cofounders Barnt, Crato and Jens-Uwe Beyer, along with Ada, Axel Willner (AKA The Field), John Stanier (of Battles), Jörg Burger, Mario Katz and Von Spar's Philipp Janzen. The project has one prior release to its name—the Render mini-album that launched Magazine in 2010—and has been pretty quiet since then, save for a couple of one-off productions.
Welt was made with recordings from Cologne's Dumbo Studios, where the nine members "gathered in a room to play a solemn concert for themselves without a given frame." A few friends—Rebolledo, guitarist Burkhard Mönnich and singer Isis Lace—were also involved in parts of the process, and Stanier and Willner added more drums and synth sounds later on, before everything was arranged into a "dramatic story arc" under Beyer's direction.
The eight-track album lands on Magazine in late March, in double-vinyl, CD and digital formats. Ahead of its release, watch this 22-minute film from the label.
01. Welt 1
02. Welt 2
03. Welt 3 (Magazine Edit)
04. Welt 4
05. Welt 5
06. Welt 6
07. Welt 7
08. Welt 8
Magazine will release Welt on March 31st, 2017.