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Album Review

Luck is the first solo album from Masha Qrella, a member of the German bands Contriva and Mina. Anyone vaguely familiar with those two groups won't be too thrown off by Qrella's debut, a collection of folky indie pop songs occasionally supported with drum loops. Save for a handful of guest spots, she plays everything on the album and adds her sweet-sounding (in English) vocals. The lyrics are often immaterial, since the manner in which they're delivered acts as another instrument. These are lovely, comforting songs, deserving of as much attention as any likeminded album on a prominent American indie label. Even without the song titled "To Mr. Wyatt," Luck would bear the evident influence of Robert Wyatt.


Born: 1975 in East Berlin, Germany

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

German electro singer/songwriter Masha Qrella makes music that borrows equally, and effortlessly, from folk, pop, and her homeland's burgeoning electronic music scene. The daughter of a Russian physicist father and a German somnologist mother, Qrella's career began in the late '90s when, inspired by the likes of Stereolab and Mouse on Mars, she played with the bands Mina and Contriva. In the early 2000s, she came into her own as a solo artist, releasing the single I Want You to Know and her debut...
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