Background/Info: Am Tierpark is back on track with a surprising EP, which has been released on the brand-new label ‘Læbel’ set up by John Mirland and Claus Larsen.
Content: “April Fool’s” was logically released on the first of April and features 5 surprising cover versions. It’s interesting to know that the first songs Am Tierpark ever worked on were cover songs. Mirland and Larsen have covered songs from David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Judas Priest, Billy Idol and The Cult.
It’s a fascinating and especially creative approach to rework original rock songs like these from Bowie, Judas Priest, Billy Idol and the new-wave cult-hit from The Cult into the electro-pop style of Am Tierpark. It remains a minimal and somewhat vintage experience.
+ + + : Covering songs from a totally different music genre is more than a challenge and a real creative work. Am Tierpark did it with a somewhat surprising elegance and efficiency. It feels like the songs were originally written by themselves and I’m especially referring to “Turbo Lover” from Judas Priest and “She Sells Sanctuary” from The Cult. It even sounds –apart from their “Cherry Blossom” masterpiece, as their most accomplished work to date. Claus Larsen is once more singing a great way on this pop-electronic production.
– – – : I can imagine the fans of Bowie, Judas Priest and even The Cult will be somewhat shocked hearing this kind of cover concept, but speaking for myself I think a cover version is a way to reach a different audience like giving a second life to a song.
Conclusion: I didn’t laugh with the “April Fool’s” from Am Tierpark, I simply enjoyed the work.
Best songs: “She Sells Sanctuary”, “Turbo Lover”.