Digitalism don’t really need an introduction, but I’ll do one anyway, because it’s polite and stuff. It’s two guys from Hamburg, Germany who formed in 2004 and their names are Jens “Jence” Moelle and İsmail “Isi” Tüfekçi. Originally part of the whole Kitsune movement way-back-when they were probably one of the first acts of that whole “electro-era” to become very come big. All the cool dudes played their remixes, they played massive festivals and their debut album contained heavyweight tracks such as Zdarlight, Jupiter Room and Pogo. It’s been four years since that debut, has the time been well spent?
The album starts off on a bit of iffy-note, “Stratosphere” the b-side to last years Blitz EP. It’s not like it’s awful, it’s just it’s not very interesting. It’s a b-side. Totally forgiveable as an album intro though, I guess….
The next track is the first “proper” single, “2 Hearts”. How much you enjoy this song is about how much you can tolerate Jens’ vocals. I personally think they are quite acceptable on this and melody and hook carry it through. It’s a fun indie-pop song, very much in the vain of “Pogo”. If you missed it and the bizzare video I posted a few hours ago, here it is again.
Sadly, the next track “Circles” is the unacceptable and annoying side of the Jens vocal. He’s yelping about something and a boring electro beat is bouncing around in the background. Irony is one of the more hearable lyrics is “Play it again and again”. Which you won’t. Seriously. No need.
そして次の”Circles”はJensのボーカルがボーダーラインから出てしまってる感じ。彼がなんだかんだ言っていて、更にビートもおもしろい感じもなく…ようやく聞こえてくる歌詞は“Play it again and again”ですが、まぁこのトラックを繰り返し聞く事はあまりないでしょう。
All is forgiven though. Because the next track is “Blitz” and it’s quite good. So yeah! We’ll forgive that piece of shit we’ve just heard guys!
The following tracks are “Forrest Gump”, a passable vocal track. “Reeperbahn” which is such uber-meh nonsense I can’t even be bothered to say much about it and “Antibiotics” a KLF meets the soundtrack of videogame Wipeout and all in all is bit of disaster.