So you say you're into Can, but their box set Can: The Lost Tapes just isn't doing it for you right now? Good news ... some members are doing up a new project called Cyclopean, and they're getting ready to release an EP. Exclaim tipped the news today, saying "Can members Jaki Liebezeit and Irmin Schmidt have joined forces with Burnt Friedman and Jono Podmore in the group, and they've recorded a self-titled EP as Cyclopean. Mute and Spoon will issue the four-song release on February 4."
One of the most innovative groups to come out of the Germany's Krautrock scene of the late 60s/early 70s, Can's music is the sweet spot where electronic tinkering, modern classical, and rock music collide. The band's influence on The Fall, Radiohead, The Flaming Lips, and many others makes the band's studio creations all the more interesting because the strange grooves the group concocted sound as potently original today as they sounded alien in their own time.
Spacelab writer Jeff Daily reviewed the Can song "A Swan Is Born," from The Lost Tapes, and had this to say: "The song is classic Can...well, it developed into a classic song called "Sing Swan Song" from the band's Ege Bamyasi (1972). This recording, probably a studio jam, is both loose and tight at the same time and it's interesting to hear how the band took melodies and riffs and refined them into the finished song."