Friday, June 12, 2015

Cassette Review: Neue Deutsche Mitte "Meinung" (Raketenbasis Haberlandstrasse)

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The second of the maxi-singles by Rakentenbasis Haberlandstrasse also features four songs from Neue Deutsche Mitte, with two on each side.   The first song has singing, cymbal crashes, a synth machine (Is that a real thing?) and it just feels like some sort of electro-pop along the lines of Oingo Boingo, Devo and Duran Duran.

This is followed by a song with more synth bass and it sounds like a cross between The Illegal Wiretaps and Cake.   There are some spoken words over singing and just all around sweet guitar riffs.    Even though this is at a slower pace than the first song there is a rhythm to it that can have you dancing like Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House".

On the flip side, we begin with rock guitar loops, rocking and grinding our way through the third song.  There are still more spoken word type of vocals than singing and it reminds me of something from the movie "Weird Science".    I am also made aware during this song that these are all anthems.

For the final song the guitar rattles and steel drums come out.   It's slightly slower again, as the first on each side seems to keep a faster pace.   It is during this song that I am reminded of the song "Once in a Lifetime", mostly because of the "same as it ever was" line that was on an episode of "Billy and Mandy".   I always think that song is by Tears for Fears for some reason, but since it is actually the Talking Heads does that mean this is similar to them overall?  That remains to be heard.

These are four solid songs that should be added to any music enthusiast's collection simply because they go so well on cassette but also compliment the other maxi-single (Peter Maybaum) to the point where I feel that they should be sold together.    Since they are not though, I recommend buying them both though as of right now I just say buy everything you can on Rakentenbasis Haberlandstrasse.

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