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While Talking - EP

Ms. John Soda

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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.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Called a "part-time" project by Couch keyboardist Stephanie Böhm and Notwist and Tied + Tickled Trio bassist Micha Acher, Ms. John Soda finds the two Weilheim, Germany, musicians changing roles (Böhm takes vocals while Acher moves to programming) to produce a very lush electronica-pop sound that has won them fans on both sides of the Atlantic. The duo broke into the scene in 2002 with their record No P. or D. on Morr Music, a German electronica...
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