Published Apr 16, 2012Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk wrap up their discography-celebrating residency at New York's Museum of Modern Art tomorrow (April 17), and following the performances, the group will resume working on their next LP.
A New York Times interview with co-founder and sole original member Ralf Hütter confirmed that the band's next studio album, the follow-up to 2003's Tour De France Soundtracks, will be delivered "soon."
While the musician had previously hinted that the set would arrive sometime in 2010, the delay since then doesn't mean the troupe have stalled creatively. Instead, Hütter makes like the band have been clocking some serious hours into the sessions.
"We didn't fall asleep. The 168-hour week is still going on since the beginning, since 1970," he said.
Earlier in the interview, Hütter outlined the ongoing evolution of the act, explaining: "Music is never finished. It starts again tomorrow. The record is just a record, but for us it's nearly boring. We like better the programs that we can operate with. So we are operating, we are upgrading, we are updating continuously. There's continuous reprogramming going on, and composition and new concepts are also coming."
The as-yet-untitled effort will be the first Kraftwerk LP since co-founder Florian Schneider left the group in 2008.