Stereo<—>Total, Paris<—>Berlin, 2007 Kill Rock Stars
Berlin based duo, Stereo-Total, bring you the 2007 album of the year, Paris<—>Berlin, a summer release worth holding onto your icecream money for.
Art-punk with a European bloodline, including mellow influences of German and French pop—breeds chic, modern music wrapped in bilingual lyrics of sex and revolution. Françoise Cactus and Brezel Göring take on a variety of instruments to create the rock sensation that is Stereo-Total—conducting solid gold music for more than ten years. Paris<—>Berlin is brighter and slightly more relaxed than previous releases—essentially sweeter, gentler rock busting with the same sexual drive as sister albums, such as 2005’s Do the Bambi. The libido plays an important role in Paris<—>Berlin aside another commonly lyricized concept, revolution—"put your Marxism where your mouth is"—yes ma’am.
The album is also boasting melodies that are multifarious, yet pleasing and easy to get along with and specifically designed to enhance the lyric’s tone and purpose. Despite that the majority of tracks are sung in either French or German—they compel the listener to sing along. Likewise, the music is fun and witty—Françoise and Brezel, for instance, are armed with a Casio and synthesizer; and are smart about applying these less conventional instruments—creating tasteful and dynamic music that is easily appreciated by a variety of genres.
Paris<—>Berlin is an item of perfection—with a growling sexual drive and sunny tempo—it takes on the most successful musical concepts between Europe and the U.S. and translates them into a crafty, 14-track love affair—this album does not compromise—it is the year’s best.
*Side note: Stereo-Total is a personal favorite and Kill Rock Stars is a fantastic label—you’ll read more reviews covering other bands under their label in the future.