Kraftwerk wraps up concert stand, hints at new recording
Kraftwerk ends its sold-out series of eight concerts at MoMA tonight, with what's sure to be a rather disappointing live performance of by far the group's weakest album, 2003's Tour de France Soundtracks. However, in an interview with Jon Pareles in the New York Times, founder (and sole original member) Ralf Hütter somewhat cryptically claims that the band is working on new material in their Dusseldorf studio Kling Klang. The only timeline he gives is "soon," which is entirely open to interpretation.
The interview, in which Hütter discusses Kraftwerk's influence on modern electronic music in typically cosmic tones, is well worth reading. Even if you weren't able to get into any of the concerts, a multimedia exhibition, also titled Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, is on view at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City through May 14.