For Mondchateau, their second LP on the mighty Tapete Records, unhappybirthday swap Cocteau cool for cocktails by the pool, fusing their sophisticated pop with the louche grooves and ambient beauty of Deutsche Balearic.
Taking a stroll through Miko’s garden, the trio find Sade under the Kalimba Tree, enjoy an I.C. spritz and savour the tristeza of the late afternoon sun. Punctuated by rhythm box exotica and Diana Kim’s limber bass, the nine songs lilt and sway from T.V. Scene to Same Old Scene, the beguiling combination of optimism and melancholy yielding a yearning beauty. Equal parts brooding and ringing, Tobias Rutkowski’s guitar is the embodiment of this tension, while the digital keys, glassy mallets and moonlit chimes of Daniel Jahn’s SQ1 provide a shimmering home for his seductive croon and husky introspection.
Their ongoing collaboration with Berlin producer Jonas Meyer continues to lend a maturity and clarity to the unhappybirthday sound, while guest vocals from the likes of indie pop icon Andreas Dorau and label-mate Sebastian Lee Phillip (Die Wilde Jagd) add nuance and texture to their sonic palette.
A resort collection for SS20, Mondchateau offers horizontal dancers, beachfront dreamers and tidal drift; an aspirational statement undercut by the inescapable feeling that the summer ends only too soon.
- Patrick Ryder
released September 4, 2020
Written by Jahn / Rutkowski / Kim / Meyer,
published by Tapete Songs.
Recorded in Hamburg and Berlin in 2019/20.
Production & Mixing by Jonas Meyer.
Mastering by Detlef Funder.
Illustrations & Artwork by Anh Thu Vu.
Daniel Jahn - Vocals & Keyboards
Tobias Rutkowski - Guitars
Diana Kim - Bass
Jonas Meyer - Keyboards & Programming
Andreas Dorau - Backing Vocals on 4, 6, 7
Steffi Hegenberg - Backing Vocals on 7
Zwanie Jonson - Backing Vocals on 1, 4, 6, 7, 8
Gregor Lener - Trumpet & Flugelhorn on 2, 5, 6, 8
Sebastian Lee Philipp - Vocals on 3
Carolina Ortega - Vocals on 2
The only thing about this album that I don't like is that I didn't find out Linea Aspera had reunited and put out another album until a year after it happened. Cold in places, warm in others, carefully crafted and leaves an impression. Some of the best vocals in this style I've ever heard. Welcome back. maybemagpie