By Jonathan Ionescu
I think I’ll tone down the genre mood a little bit. Lately, I’ve been doing just the most unique, new music genres. I think a certain album should be given some light. May 31st, 2013, the German band by the name of, “Milky Chance”, had released their first studio album named Sadnecessary. What surprises me is the rating the album has received on the billboard.com. I was actually shocked with the reviews even after I decided to review this album. It was given two and a half stars out of five. I’ll give my rating at the end.
Milky Chance is a duo group that originated in 2012 from Kassel, Germany. The band consists of two men that met in eleventh grade in music class, Clemens Rehbein, and Philipp Dausch. What does not make sense to me is that one of their songs titled, Stolen Dance, had made it to number one on the charts in countries such as Austria, France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, and many more places.
Their music genre can be categorized as Alternative rock, reggae, electronic, and folk. I see it as a sub Indie type genre but those tags are not used at all surprisingly. The album starts off with the opener, Stunner. The name fits well for the first track on the album. It starts off mysterious with some alien-like, reverse water sound effects. A consistent hi-hat comes in and the trembling voice of Clemens follows. I personally am very fond of his voice. If I were to sing, it would most likely be in his voice as portrayed. However, he does have an accent, but it is sort of covered up with the thick raspiness, and hard- low octane voice of his. One single that has been released, named Cocoon, had grabbed my attention a few months ago. His voice is more bright and has opened up more. That “raspiness” has left and it’s more of a pop star singing. I really dig it.
A lot of the album seems to consist all lot of hard hitting kick drums and powerful soft rock chords. Some songs follow with a specific strumming pattern to the guitar, I really like this so I decided to learn it on guitar as well. I’d like to shout out a specific favorite track from the album. Running, has a deep meaning to it. The protagonist is chasing after someone special, some form of love to him. The lyrics, “I never been running so far, so immense far, when will I fall into your arms I want to try and stand the pain, of my all-time-hurting-feet And what about you, you drunken soul, is that your own will to go?” pertains to metaphorically having pain in his feet from standing around, waiting for such love to happen. The drunken soul is referencing to how his love is a drinker and that it’s not the protagonists way, he does not do that.
Poetic. I love poetry actually. I never imagined to like it when I was in middle school. As a songwriter, that is what it is all about. Sadnecessary is primarily focused on an upbeat setting with clean reverb/rock vibe to the guitar. It is very consistent in minimalistic percussion. The most you will hear of is a hit-hat, a kick, and a shaker in the background. If that floats your boat, give it a try. I love their music deeply.
In conclusion, this album receives four 💯💯💯💯 out of five 💯💯💯💯💯 on the Johnny Romani/ Johnny Tsunami scale. Ionescu out. Carrying out the Matthew Jordan legacy. 😈