A Swiss duo whose music is a clever and brilliantly executed fusion of electronic dance music and vintage Krautrock (authentically sung in German), Klaus Johann Grobe are the brainchild of Sevi Landolt (keyboards, vocals) and Daniel Bachmann (percussion).
Seemingly uninterested in making lots of noise about themselves, Klaus Johaan Grobe made an inconspicuous debut in 2011 with some self-produced singles, and just barely expanded their profile with a 10" vinyl EP released by U.K. label Sound of Salvation
. The EP appeared in an edition of only a few hundred copies, but it left a positive impression on critics and DJs, and the eclectic American indie label Trouble in Mind
reissued the "Traumhaft" b/w "Nicht zu Stoppen" single in the United States after its original pressing on U.K. label Sunstone Records
sold out. Before long, Klaus Johann Grobe became the talk of the blogosphere, and their first full-length album, Im Sinne der Zeit, was released in April 2014. The duo spent the remainder of 2014 touring Europe and the U.K., partly as support for the Growlers and Temples
, then headed out again in 2015 playing more countries and at festivals including Way Back When, Eurosonic, the Great Escape, Eindhoven Psych Lab, and Zaragoza Psychfest. In December, they released a single, "Baby Lass Uns Sein." Their next album, 2016's Spagat der Liebe, found them pursuing a more relaxed, less Krautrock-inspired direction. It was released by Trouble in Mind
in May of 2016 as the band embarked on its first U.S. tour. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi