Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Krautrock Legends Mani Neumeier & Zeus B. Held Release New Album “The Secret Lives”

New Album By Krautrock Legends Mani Neumeier of Guru Guru and Zeus B. Held of Birth Control

This is how a spontaneous project came about - long overdue! A colorful bouquet of ideas, rhythms, sounds, images and stories ... They met in 1973 at a Krautrock Festival in Frankfurt - Mani played and was Guru Guru, Zeus was the newcomer to Birth Control on the keyboards. Since then they have met again and again, jammed and played gigs together. Then finally - in the summer of 2019 they went two days to Bernie Michael Land’s Synxxs Studio in Rodgau - a wall of modular synth and wonderful gongs and percussion - this is how the basics of the tracks with Mani’s percussive playing on the “Haken Continuum” and various electronic drum pads came about. Zeus built the chord structures and sequences for this. Then it went to Zeus’ KG Beat Studio in Freiburg, where Mani recorded an acoustic drum kit as an overdub. There were also some outbreaks of poetics - so for some pieces texts were created about the common sound images. Afterwards they started again in Mani’s Odenwald Secret Retreat.

“Discreetly, almost secretly we’ve been putting together a first album – after we’ve known each other as musicians since a long time …”

Released September 18, 2020

All Tracks written by Zeus B. Held & Mani Neumeier

Mani Neumeier: Electronic, Acoustic Drums, Percussion, Kaossilator & Vocals
Zeus B. Held: Keyboards, Voice & Production
Luigi Archetti: Guitar on A3, B2, B3, B4 & B5
Bernd-Michael Land: Analogue Sequencing
Etsuko Watanabe: Voice On B1

Recorded at Synxxs-, Kgbeat & Hilsenhain-Studios MMIX & MMXX
Mastered by Lars Lafayette Fasbender

Cover Photo & “Wabi Sabi” painting By Mani Neumeier
Postcard Photo by Kamikaze Jane
Sleeve & Typography by Percy

To purchase:

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158,

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