Sclammpeitziger is the German name of the weatherfish and the name taken by the electronic artist Jo Zimmermann when he launched his solo career in the early 1990's.
The main skill of the weatherfish is swallowing air and farting it out and this may or may not be relevant to understanding the work of this artist. Eleven albums in and he has found a home with Bureau B and although Jo Zimmerman is a truly unique performer, he fits in perfectly with the work released by this label.
Idiosyncratic, electronic, beautiful and artistic. "Your farts smell like the breath of a rainbow unicorn" is a line from the opening song "Ekirlu Kong". This is a love song in the truest sense of the word and not only that, it is encased in the most amazing music that (not unlike love) is full of wonder.
There are seven more songs on this album and each is as lovely and wonderful as the one before it. They all inhabit a world of their own. They are capsules that encapsulate. They are most certainly quirky, in a way that will be familiar to say, fans of Cluster.
It sounds like a hundred keyboards playing (for fun) together but never sounds messy. Mostly it is instrumental, in keeping with the Bureau B tradition and it is deeply melodic but not in that awful way of popular music whereby you feel you are being shamelessly manipulated and end up feeling dirty and used. This is wide-eyed wonder and innocence. It moves your soul, your mind and your body.
"Smooth Motion Kaukraut" references the forefathers. "Hey stupid man, your brain is a dick" (Angerrestbay) is self-deprecating to the point of erasure and should be compulsory listening for all men! Keep this close all year, it will move you when you most need it to and as the biog says, "for those looking for a future that doesn't reach back into the past but is searching for access to engrossment", this is the album for you. Well, I was searching and now I found it. Lucky me.