Genre/Influences: Electro-pop, electro-wave, EBM.
Background/Info: “In Eigener Sache” (translated ‘on my own account’) is the debut album of the German duo MonoSapien. I discovered this band on a few compilations, but didn’t really keep their name in mind.
Content: It’s not that easy to define the sound of the band. It clearly is driven by electronics, which are now more into electro-pop and then carried by EBM bass lines. Some passages are melodic and featuring carrying choruses. The most surprising song is “Ich Will Nicht Mehr” featuring a sampling from Ennio Morricone’s famous tune “Man With A Harmonica”. The lyrics are sung in German.
+ + + : I always have liked band’s dealing with a sound that is hard to define. I can’t speak about a real ‘style’, but more about a fusion between different influences. I personally prefer the harder cuts like the “Club Mix” of “Erinnerungen”. Another attention grabber is “Ich Will Nicht Mehr” for the harmonica tune in the background taken from Ennio Morricone’s famous movie soundtrack “Once Upon A Time In The West”.
– – – : The album suffers from a poor mix and production process. The sound quality could have been much better!
Conclusion: MonoSapien doesn’t really set the world alight, but the album might be a basis to move on with.
Best songs: “Erinnerungen – Club Mix”, “Ich Will Nicht Mehr”, “Kleiner Man – Wach Auf”.