Published Nov 18, 2015Hailing from the seemingly sleepy city of Victoria, BC — although its quietly growing electro scene has been expanding for years — electro-indie-pop producer Germany Germany cements his growing reputation on with his latest full-length, Willow. While he's only been releasing music since 2009, Germany Germany already has an impressive catalogue including four EPs and, with his latest release, four LPs.
Willow finds the producer continuing his work with the dreamy synth pop he's become synonymous with — there's a resonating hum here that shakes with frequency and vibrancy, steadily infiltrating the empty pockets of the tracks, most notably on opener "Wake" and "November." While it has the potential to slip into a monotonous grey area now and then with what seems like a lack in variation across the tracks, a closer listen exposes the album's nuances: the soft reverberating keys that flit across the opening of "Willow" and deftly expand while a slight beat and the low end of the synths creeps underneath, or the live drums, rife with smashes of cymbal and smacks of snare that erupt in cacophonous bliss on "Still." Germany Germany's latest effort begs to be explored. (Independent)