During the 11 years in which they were active, krautrock pioneers CAN delivered a string of acclaimed and influential albums. They Cologne quartet was in a constant state of evolution, creating art-rock epics which frequently defied easy categorization. 1973’s Future Days, which Mute has decided to remaster and reissue on gold vinyl, is a fantastic example of this. While rich in krautrock grooves that sit somewhere between jazz-rock and progressive rock, each of its four tracks has a decidedly different feel, with the sun-kissed, semi-ambient and bossa-tinged title track being followed by the wonky and percussive ‘Spray’ and the low-slung, funk-fuelled madness of ‘Moonshake’. The headline attraction though remains the near 20-minute closer, ‘Bel Air’, an ever-changing, shape-shifting krautrock soundscape whose psychedelic intentions come wrapped in a hazy ambient veneer.
Label: Mute – 9385-1
Format: LP, lmt. edition, reissue