Kettel ‎– Smiling Little Cow

Neo Ouija ‎– NEO 16 CD
CD, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 So Obviously Vulnerable
Guitar – Greg Davis
2 Her Thin Voice 6:03
3 Redgrapes Confiture 4:38
4 Two Strange Eyes 4:34
5 Openeyed Greet
Performer [Groaning] – Kuerten*, Kafelnikov*
6 Life Nine Sky 4:34
7 Teacup And Pistolette 5:56
8 Green, Orange, Earth 3:57
9 A Novel In Key 1:48
10 Be Nice Dust 6:33
11 Temyne 4:21
12 Fall In 5:08

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cover design :

Made in England.

Issued in standard jewel case with 4-page insert. The artwork erroneously states "groaning on track 2 by kuerten and kafelnikof".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 023902 990809
  • Barcode: 5023902990809
  • Matrix / Runout: [MPO logo] NEO16CDEURODISC @@@ 01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L033
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 120D

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NEO 16 LP Kettel Smiling Little Cow(2xLP, Album, TP) Neo Ouija NEO 16 LP Unknown Sell This Version
NEO 16 LP Kettel Smiling Little Cow(2xLP, Album) Neo Ouija NEO 16 LP UK 2002 Sell This Version


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January 23, 2018
edited 11 months ago

"Smiling Little Cow" is like Dreim 2.0, with ideas executed with even more wizardry than before. You can feel the same fun vibe, full of mind-blowing melodies, still crafted with a cute, naive, everlasting joy aesthetics.

What came after this album (except the "Look At This Ha Ha Ha!" album released in 2003, which is actually made of early Kettel tracks from 1999-2001) is quite a different Kettel. Indeed, with "Cenny Crush" (released in late 2002), Reimer began to include some acoustic instruments (that you can hear a lot more in "Whisper Me Wishes" in 2007, a release made of a lot of tracks from 2003). And later, in 2005/6, Kettel includes the famous acid synth he is now famous for.
So, with "Smiling Little Cow", you've got the creative peak time of the early Kettel, and I think that's the reason why this album is particularly appreciated by some fans.

The green, countryside mood meets lo-fi, numerical (but still very human) aesthetics, and the result is absolutely stunning. Overmore, time is proving that it tends to sound absolutely timeless.
The cover-art made of a simple drawing of a cow & some flowers, with a more technologic typography to write "Smiling Little Cow", is actually a good way to describe this fresh contrast. Tracks like "Her thin Voice", "Teacup And Pistolette", "Green, Orange, Earth" or "Be Nice Dust" are some of the best adventures Kettel has ever created. Talking about "Teacup And Pistolette", I think it's the track I would choose if I really needed to keep only one from Kettel, simply because his unique bucolic, cheerful and positiv vibe is really shining more than ever inside. If you forget to drink your favourite orange juice in the morning, listen to this track, you obtain the same vitamin boost!

This album is a cornerstone in Kettel's discography. This smiling cow became a solid friend of mine. = )


August 11, 2007
edited over 12 years ago

Only 1 word is needed to describe this album – smashing! None of the other Reimer's releases can do better. A simple and harmonious sound, beautiful melodies, deliberate concept and a lot of cheerfulness – just as sound of water, music flows into your ears giving a lot of pleasure. One track is especially outstanding – Life Nine Sky – reminds me of Autechre's best times.