Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Nattskiftet is a Swedish formation set up in 2015. The band consists of Anna Johnning, Tobias Eliasson, Christer Björndahl and Lars Björndahl (the two last members are also involved with the Electro-Pop/Italo-Disco project Disco Digitale). Nattskiftet is the Swedish word for ‘Night Shift’ while their debut album means ‘Punching In’. They previously released an EP “Aceton” in 2015 and now strikes back with their debut album.
Content: Natskiftet stands for pure old-school EBM sung in Swedish. They sound a bit like the Swedish version of DAF, but it would be too easy defining them as new DAF clones. The music is carried by strong bass lines, hopping sequences and sometimes achieved with a somewhat Pop-driven touch/tune on top. Anna Johnning is singing in a rather sterile, but charismatic way while the male vocals inject some extra power to the work.
+ + + : Nattskiftet doesn’t innovate, but they have a nose to compose great retro-styled EBM. I noticed great and intelligent sound treatments and analogue effects. The choruses are often elevating and I like the mix of male- and female vocals. “Aceton” and “Bara Jobb” are familiar tracks for those who know the band, and are some of the album’s best cuts. But I also have to mention “Folkets Sång”, which could be the perfect song to be released as single. But there are more great songs like “Nattskift”, “Ingeting”, “Adrenalin”, “Vid Dagens Slut” and “Götaverken”. The last mentioned track features a cool, icy lead. Notice by the way Krischan Wesenberg did the mixing of this work. Nattskiftet has been presented as one of the best old-school EBM bands and I can only, but agree. I can’t stop playing several songs of this album, the Swedish language adding a pretty cool- and personal touch to their work.
– – – : No real minus points, the tracklist being a succession of great songs and non-stop energy.
Conclusion: “Stämplar In” took me by surprise; what a great and accomplished EBM work from a band, which will for sure become a new sensation!
Best songs: “Folkets Sång”, “Bara Jobb – Album Version”, “Aceton – Album Version”, “Vid Dagens Slut”, “Götaverken”.
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