TUNE Certain Animals - Automaton
Automaton is the opening track of the album 'Songs To Make You Move' (due Spring 2020) and lets you immediately hear about Certain Animals and what the band stands for in terms of style and content. The song tells about the uneasy relationship that the three band members have with the far-reaching automation and digitization of contemporary life. In their view, people nowadays allow themselves to be carried like little lambs to where tech giants and social media lead them. The trio brings a message to the listener and at the same time a warning that is not merely bad or good, but that gives the listener food for thought. This message is wrapped in a song with an opening riff that seems to have been borrowed from the amplifier-melting arsenal of Neil Young and which then penetrates into a relentless groove reminiscent of a marching column of robots. When the warning sounds, we came through typical "Ringo-fills" and "I Am The Walrus" orchestration to the final round full of irony with one of the favorite toys of Kraftwerk: the vocoder (a device that actually is a speech computer).