Album Review

Der Plan – “Normallette Surprise – 17 Elektronische Schlager” – [Medical Records]

abacus   8/3/2011   12-inch, A Library

Der Plan, a group from Dusseldorf, draw from Kraftwerk and the Residents to create their own unique style of what they call “synthi-pop.” This is their second full-length LP and focuses much more on innovative rhythm and synthetic percussive sounds. Schlager translates loosely to hit song, often referring to sweet, simple ballads with catchy melody and an easy-listening feel but this is anything but that. Off-kilter, deranged and quirky abstract and surreal electronic pop. Despite their cult following, Der Plan has been largely overlooked but were definitely a couple decades ahead of their time.

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