This album oozes cross-over potential, and if you like the sound that Florence & The Machine create, this release might just be up your street. With chart-friendly hooks, fantastic production, and an uber-cool style, both musically and visually, the duo in question may have mega-stardom lined up for their very near future. They are simply that good! In May 2012 the album was released to the German-speaking World, and to serious acclaim, but on September the 21st it will finally reach the stores and airwaves of the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. Copies of the album are available at iTunes and Amazon.
I’ve got two of the tracks from this, the debut Me & My Drummer album, to pass on as free mp3 downloads below, the first of which is a very special track. ‘Heavy Weight’ sounds like a signature tune, and may turn out to be that way for this talented duo of Charlotte Brandi and Matze Pröllochs, who met each other in theatres, whilst both making music for plays separately. And you can hear the theatre influences within their music, with an almost musical-theatre-like layout to some of their numbers, and i would include ‘Heavy Weight’ in that bunch. It speaks of the difficulties in life, and has a great hook… “All the stones in my collection, put a heavy weight on me, and I don’t feel a contradiction, please put a heavy weight on me”. You can hear a massive crowd belting those lines out, but the vocal that really grabbed me was… “If I loose my head, will you label me dead”. Its done so emotively. It’s perfect.
‘Heavy Weight’ has been released as a single, as has ‘Your A Runner’, a track that urges the listener to live life in a positive way, and with confidence. The track mixes some very different production styles, creating an epic but experimental trip through pop music. ‘Down My Couch’ – the 2nd featured download below – is a jazzy excursion, and there are many signs of folk music influences on the album too, like on the ‘Phobia’ and ‘Don’t Be So Hot’ tracks. The experimentation with the style of tracks, also at times veers towards something sinister and/or spiritual, for example on ‘Runner (Reprise)’ and ‘The Wings’. Personally, I think this group have everything, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they did break over into the mainstream charts at some point. They are gigging heavily across Europe right now, so watch this space!
Me And My Drummer - Heavy Weight (Edit)
Me And My Drummer - Down My Couch
Here is the official video for the rather excellent ‘Heavy Weight’ track…
And here is the video for another track from the album, called ‘Your A Runner’…
This release is due out on Sinnbus Records.