Germany - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 26 - 12/03/98
Touch of E!
Our Choice / Rough Trade
Well, this is a departure from our usual Luna Kafé procedure to review
disks from our home country because the band project Gry cannot be attributed
to just one country. Gry is a multi-national collaboration between the Danish
singer Gry Bagøien and the German multi-instrumentalist FM Einheit with
several guest musicians. Their disk Touch of E! was released by Rough
Trade Germany's sub-label for German bands, Our Choice, which justifies a review
in the German section of Luna Kafé.
Gry Bagøien sings her lyrics mostly in English, but there are some Danish
songs as well, and sometimes she uses both languages in the same song. Her voice
holds together the whole disk nicely whereas the music is different on each track.
The musicians use the full range of modern musical techniques from conventional played
instruments to computerized electronic production.
The first song Poles Apart is built around the rhythm of a noisy loop and
filled with strange sounds of vocal and orchestral samples. A promising and upbeat
start for the album. The next song Sværmere is a more melodic and dreamy
pop song with a kalimba sample.
Everything or All is made of a simple loop and heavily synthesised melodies.
Black Balloon is a slow and soft song carried mostly by Gry's voice with a sparse
background accompaniment of percussive samples. The varied musical programme is continued
in the relaxed reggae rhythm for Luftantenner. The following Far from Flesh
is an up-tempo track with orchestral motifs and electronic bubbling in the background.
The title track Touch of E! mixes telephone vocals and old movie soundtrack style
melodies over a percussive backing. A really outstanding song on this album is
Perfume for Phantoms, a very nice track played by cello and strings with electronically
multiplied vocals and magic formulas. Probably my favourite, almost a classical piece.
Leave me Alone is a dynamic track alternating between the heavy electronic and soft
acoustic parts. In the track Postcard the listener can feel the isolation through the
contrast of the thin telephone voice and the full electronic instrumentation. The final track
Old Raven is a more conventional track again, with its main melody carried by the cello
and Gry's voice - an appropriate ending to the whole disk.
After all, a nice modern pop-album. If you're looking for a good Christmas present...
Copyright © 1998 Lonely Locke