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    Heimat – “Heimat” – [kill shaman]

    If Nico was your last cigarette, is Heimat your first
    lollipop? Armelle Oberle’s vocals have that shouty Teutonic
    chill, like someone warning you about an avalanche (and
    maybe actually triggering the avalanche) but in a weird way
    much more playful. Olivier Demeaux (from the excellent Cheveu)
    creates keys and sample-laden soundscapes that while synthy
    are more microwave popcorn than chill wave sunglasses. On
    “Dein Arkitekt” he mixes a rollicking gamelan sample with
    some happy marching barks. Singing in German, but thinking
    in French maybe is what makes this a sort of fun outing. For
    KFJC insiders, if Belladonna hosted Neung Phak would it sound
    like this? There are beats and the songs are kinda catchy, but
    I don’t see a lot of dancing happening. “Trocadero” has a
    sassiness that’s not far off Klaus Nomi’s sensibility. The
    instro after that “Flutath” flutters by too quickly. “Pompei”
    is the band at its most ostentatious, and Armelle soars and
    almost yodels on the choruses, while Olivier’s sound is
    Cecil B. Demille sized. Heimat translates a “homeland” but
    this strange duo will be strangers in most land’s though not
    our fine museum of audio oddities. Don’t miss!
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on April 15, 2016 at 7:08 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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