Sunday, 9 June 2013

Kool Thing - TV Tower

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We're back to bands heading for Berlin again. The city is enjoying a musical revival at the moment, and one of the latest bands to relocate to German soil are Irish/Australian synth duo Kool Thing who've just released their self-titled debut album in the UK (it was put out in March in other countries, so imports have been available). 'TV Tower' is named after a landmark in Berlin, a retro-futuristic sight that provides the meeting point for lovers on this debut single. Although Kool Thing explore electronic sounds, there's little here that suggests they've been heavily influenced by krautrock.

That said, the way that German pioneers such as Kraftwerk have infiltrated just about any non-organic music currently being made means that there will be a connection of sorts. 'TV Tower' is a more straight-ahead electro-pop song, but a very good one. Strings and guitars start things rolling (both are either synthesised or heavily treated) and then the beat hits. From there on in that firm beat carries a really quite good alt-pop track with lyrics detailing parts of the city and the journey being taken within it. There's a certain hope to the song, even though there's talk of bridges burning down and things not going smoothly. You get the impression that everything will be alright in the end.

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