03. Wonderful life
Artwork by Yugo Hasegawa
Fischer and Kleber have most definitely been thinking outside the box for their latest EP on Souvenirplus.
Over four tracks the German duo demonstrate their range and skill in creating taut and effective melodies. They kick things off with a gentle, tinkling beat that reminiscent of early midi accompaniments, over which euphoric piano keys lift the tone to new heights. The bassline hisses along until hurtling headfirst into a powerful, pleading baritone that positively urges ones hands further into the air. Next up things get tribal, the banging of the drums accompany some synth stabs which ratchets up the tension, as some guttural voices chant along. A Twilight Zone-like eerie synth announces the massive drop, as the bassline hits like a speeding locomotive.
‘Wonderful Life’ is quite the change of pace, baroque chamber strings clash with a slow insistent beat and a distended male cabaret voice as the cherry on top of this weirding cake. A most effective mood piece and most definitely the first time we’ve had a viola di gamba on a Souvenir release! Will cause some consternation to the confused at many an after hours. The closer is something more approaching the traditional driving F&K dancefloor sound, a lethal tool of pure grinding rhythm, textures provided by small synth details and a repeating vocal quack. Somehow the combination of the plucked string sounds, and some chopped early music snippets lift the mood, turning a seemingly dark beat into an unexpectedly soaring track.