Song: Computer Love
This track is from the seminal German band’s eighth studio album, 1981’s Computer World, arguably when the band was at the height of its creative powers and influence. Speaking of influence, Kraftwerks’s pioneering contribution to the electronica genre is a huge and still-persistent legacy. This is, after all, an act which released its first album 44 years ago. Their studied minimalism in both melody and song structure forms an integral part of their signature sound. Computer Love was a hit single for the band - the single's B-side was the even more popular The Model, from the previous album Man Machine - and its clear why these songs were so enthusiastically received. Melodically it’s pure pop but, true to Kraftwerk form, it whole-heartedly embraced pop synthetica like few previous acts. Computer Love’s theme of loneliness and human yearning in an increasingly technological culture eerily foreshadows today’s social media angst and the curious nature of forever flitting between alternating feelings of connectedness and alienation. As ever, Ralf Hutter’s voice was carefully neutral yet the clinical nature of his delivery was softened by the moog-tastic warmth of the early analogue electronic instruments used.
Posted by Max MacDonald