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    Camouflage
    "Greyscale"

    Label: Bureau B (2015)

    We write the year 2015 and one retro wave follows the next. Synth-Pop is bigger than ever. All around the world, current productions reference the sound that emerged from pre-reunification Germany. So where are the originals – the bands and artists of that time – today? Many can be found doing the rounds at eighties parties held by local radio stations. Others are investing the royalties from their back catalogues in the cultivation of organic vegetables. Not so for Camouflage. That's right – THE Camouflage – the masters of sadness dressed up in electronic songs. The band flitted directly from the small German town of Bietigheim-Bissingen all the way to the United States in 1987 with "The Great Commandment". Their music brilliantly combined the icy coolness of Kraftwerk, the pop of OMD and the melancholy gloom of Depeche Mode. Yet the temptation to indulge in nostalgia has always remained very feint with this band. So it's no surprise that Camouflage now emerge with "Greyscale" – a strikingly current and compelling album, both musically and lyrically.
    The music on "Greyscale" sounds expansive and atmospheric, yet is simultaneously compelling and tight. Once again responsible for the production is Heiko Maile, who has enjoyed success as a film music composer (for films such as "Die Welle" and "Wir sind die Nacht") for several years now. Stylistically confident, he contrasts electronic elements, guitars, sonic experimentation and beats with acoustic instruments, such as the string ensemble of the Babelsberg Film Orchestra. Great support for the musicality and sound of the album came from renewed collaboration with two of the band´s most loyal companions: Volker Hinkel (guitar, production) and Jochen Schmalbach (production, mixing), both of whom have been involved with Camouflage over many years, as part of the live band and all other activities.

    In "End Of Words" there is even a children's choir, which sounds as if Kubrick himself set it in scene. It´s nothing less than cinematic! The record sounds modern, yet Camouflage always maintain the connection to their own original sound, for which they became famous. The beats and basses, synth arpeggios and pads all reveal their unmistakable fingerprint, equally as characteristic as the touchingly poignant voice of singer Marcus Meyn.

    The songs on "Greyscale" have one eye on the club and the other on the heart. Camouflage can inspire dancing, crying and contemplation in equal measure. The single "Shine" starts off small with an 808-beat, then over the course of four minutes it climbs to dizzying heights with strings, choirs and a vocal hook that could not sound more unironic and honest. Marcus Meyn begins with the lines.
    Tracks:
    1. Shine
    2. Laughing
    3. In The Cloud
    4. Count On Me (feat. Peter Heppner)
    5. Greyscale
    6. Still
    7. Misery
    8. Leave Your Room Behind
    9. Light Grey
    10. End Of Words
    11. Dark Grey
    12. I'll Find

dkk 120/eur 16

Vinyl+CD