Exposé Online banner

Chandeen — Teenage Poetry
(Projekt 214, 2008, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2008-10-01

Teenage Poetry Cover art

The Projekt label has been searching beyond US shores for new groups to host on their label, one example being Chandeen from Germany. This trio was formed around keyboard player / programmer Harald Löwy and includes Mike Brown on synths, guitar, and programming and new singer Julia Beyer of Technoir. The bulk of the album – Chandeen’s first in four years – consists of dreamy and lazily atmospheric pop music built around lush keyboards (synths and piano typically) and Beyer’s vocal talents. She’s an excellent singer who has drawn comparisons to Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. Guitar is a wild card on the songs, ranging from acoustic strumming to cavernous electric melodies to Frippian über-sustained buzzsaw lines. Percussion, as one might suspect, is part of where the “programming” in Löwy and Brown’s credits comes in (besides bits of audio taken from old movies) and here also the songs employ a vast array of rhythmic invention, sometimes sounding like a standard kit to something more synthetic and artificial. Albums like this are sometimes labeled “darkwave” or “heavenly voices”, but I’d hate for Exposé readers to be swayed by categorization since this is a fine collection and an excellent example of how to employ all the latest production techniques and technological bells and whistles to make relatively simple pop arrangements breathe (heavily) with life. Partly born out of the 80s alternative scene and bands like Depeche Mode, there are now dozens of groups in Europe cranking this stuff out, though few do it this well.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Chandeen

Latest news

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Stinkhorn - Altered Takes – In anticipation of their appearance at the Progman festival in Seattle this summer, Stinkhorn have put together this little teaser of a CD. It contains early versions of two of the highlights of their...  (2002) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues