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Album Review

Stefanie Böhm and Micha Acher (the latter a former member of the Notwist) follow up their debut album as Ms. John Soda with this four-track EP (which also includes, in addition to the four new songs, a medley/remix by Subtle of several tracks from their first album). The pair's sound owes an explicit debt to 1980s new wave, often sounding a bit like a broken-down version of the Cars with fewer hooks. That specific influence is felt most strongly on "No. One," the EP's lead track, with its chugging eight-note rhythmic pattern. Elsewhere you'll hear hints of the Residents, maybe, or a less-definable lounge influence ("If Someone Would Know"). Throughout, you'll find yourself kind of wishing that Böhm didn't feel the need to write in English; her reconstruction of a posthumous conversation between Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe is especially weak, filled with bland and generic conversational snippets that sound like they were pulled at random out of a tourist phrase book. There are some fine moments here, but taken as a whole, this EP isn't anything to get especially excited about.


Genre: Indie Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Playing a style of electronica dubbed "indietronica" by the press, Ms. John Soda began as a solo project for Couch keyboardist Stephanie Böhm. She was soon joined by Notwist and Tied + Tickled Trio bassist Micha Acher. Ms. John Soda finds the two Weilheim, Germany, musicians seamlessly collaborating (Böhm takes vocals, while Acher moves to programming) to produce a very lush sound that won them fans on both sides of the Atlantic. The duo broke into the scene in 2002 with their record No P. or D....
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