Saturday, January 9, 2016

Schaua – Get Happy (2013)

  • Indietronica
  • Electro pop
  • Chiptune
  • Post-punk
  • Neokrautrock
  • Alternative dance
  • Electro-indie
  • Synth-rock
  • 8-bit
  • Acid pop

Comment: one thing I could not understand in 2015 was the hype of Tame Impala`s Currents. I can approve Kevin Parker is a pre-eminent musician of a new generation but his brand new one was thoroughly bothersome except the first side (A-side) of the vinyl release which consisted of truly awesome songs. However, since the B-side on Kevin Parker`s vocal was immersed in sugary vocal harmonies and musically it did not make sense at all. It was like keeping run on one and the same pace with repeated, predictable turns and therefore finally burning out all the oxygen in the listener`s brain. In fact, I tried to re-position myself as a listener but eventually I could not listen to it even as an adjusted case of muzak anymore. Indeed, I have listened to it for four times so far and apparently trying to listen to it a couple of times yet. If it will not work on me in the future either I really hope to get 30 euros back from Interscope/Fiction/Universal Records. Schaua`s Get Happy though it had not been issued in 2015 sounds stylistically similarly yet musically it a much better case. It starts off with a light-hearted synth pop notch with some (pop) house music influences (effects coming through filters). Later on, this one-man-project reflects more upon acid/pop and indie electronic tendencies being sprinkled with (neo)krautrock legacy (for instance, KC, Guest). Because of that the artist can be put into one compartment with such neokrautrock legends as Pluramon, Mina, To Rococo Rot, Kreidler, Mouse On Mars, Tarwater, Notwist, and Lali Puna. At Guest the listener can perceive subtle chiptune/tracker music/8-bit music progressions with regard to the harmonic side. At Alright Now one could discern Mark E Smith and The Fall`s influences with regard to chesty repeating of the title and pulsating drums and a galvanized bass thread, respectively. All in all, it is emotionally and aesthetically boggling.
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