fredag 8 december 2023

Fem album: Derriere Le Miroir

Foto: Nick Kampmann

Idag gästar Ralf Jesek (även I-M-R, T-HE) och Kai Kampmann (även T-HE) från darkwave-bandet Derriere Le Miroir bloggens serie "Fem album" där artister berättar om fem album som inspirerat dem under deras karriär. Bandet bildades av Kai, Ralf och Nicole Rellum. De har nyligen varit på turné i Tyskland, Belgien och Spanien och jag har alltid uppskattat bandets förmåga att kombinera mörker med dansanta melodier. Senaste albumet In flux kom 2016 och det var en fantastiskt fin comeback. Spotify-länkar till albumen, där det är möjligt, hittar ni genom att klicka på det specifika albumets titel.

The Cure - Seventeen Seconds (1980) 
This album creates atmosphere with minimal means and great songs. And that really impressed me at the time when I discovered it (around 1984). And inspired me, of course. 

New Order - Low-Life (1985) 
Simple, catchy compositions which live from their arrangement layers. A blueprint. 

Compilation: Sarah Records - Temple Cloud (1990) 
A bouquet full of melancholic indie pop songs. Strumming guitars and sad vocals. All great bands. Gave me a lot of ideas back then. 

Fad Gadget - Gag (1984) 
Frank Tovey was a sadly underrated, radical genius. His last album as Fad Gadget was his catchiest - to my ears. Almost near to synthpop. He followed his ideas alone. Admirable. 

The Pale Fountains - From Across The Kitchen Table (1985)
Brilliant eccentric guitar pop. Always a foot off the mainstream. Especially the guitar solos are "special". They taught me to do not care too much for accuracy. 

/ Ralf Jesek 

The Cure - Three Imaginary Boys (1979)
The band was crucial for the friendship between Ralf and me. Without the realization and the exchange that we have the same taste in music, we wouldn't be here today. 

Depeche Mode - Construction Time Again (1983)
It probably grapped everyone in one way or another. Using samples was really new. 

Einstürzende Neubauten - Halber Mensch (1985)
"More commercial"? No idea, but for me also a great Hansa Studio production, like Bowie, DM and Nick Cave. 

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (1973)
This album impressed me as a teenager - even more by the fact that Oldfield plays almost all the instruments than by the music itself. 

Pixies - Doolittle (1989)
Regardless of the praise from other artists, the bass on Gauge Away was and still is formative for me to this day. "Simple" and unique!

/ Kai Kampmann

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