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Heimat – “Heimat” – [kill shaman]

Thurston Hunger   4/15/2016   12-inch, A Library

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

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