Lost Album

Jolien van Dijk

Things get lost once in a while: bobby pins, sweaters, thoughts, a thing we once loved. There’s something about getting lost: it has the potential to be bad, yet it also enables the possibility of being found. In a world where we’re constantly overloaded with new music, it’s easy to forget the albums from the past that formed us the most. This month we reached out to GROEF – visual & musical arts co-organiser Jolien van Dijk and asked her to tell us more about an album that nestled in her heart. With the lineup of the upcoming GROEF event in mind (Mélomane! Native Cruise! Tele Talks! 23 February!), it’s no surprise she went the ‘Computer Love’ route.

Lead photo by Hanne Lemmens

Which album would you like us to discover?
Tour de France Soundtracks from Kraftwerk.

When did you first listen to it?
I got interested in it about a year ago. We were driving to Düsseldorf (the band is actually formed in Düsseldorf!). While watching the documentary on the bus I realised how innovative their music must have been at that time, what pioneers they where. I was astonished by their appearance and progress.

I see it as an album that you can rediscover every time without forgetting about it

Why do you want to recover this album?
Because Kraftwerk has been and is one of the biggest influencers in music. I see it as the beginning of the electronic new wave, house music and its subgenres. Without Kraftwerk, electronic music would’t sound the same as it does now. Maybe it wouldn’t even be dance music and it’s important to remember that. Its not really a lost album but I see it as an album that you can rediscover every time without forgetting about it.

For fans of?
New order, Daft Punk, Air, Soulwax, Gary Newman, The Human League, Yello, Soft Cell, 808 state, Sunn O))),..

What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Tour de France Étape 3The rhythm, the swinging potential, the danciness and the whole culture around this kind of music. 

GROEF // visual & musical arts [04]
23 Feb – Pastoor Legrandstraat 14, Leuven
20:00 – €5 before 12AM €6 after
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