Genre/Influences: Dark-pop, wave-pop.
Background/Info: Project Pitchfork keyboardist Dirk Scheuber a few years ago started a solo-career. His ‘Scheuber’ project is meant to exorcise inner demons resulting in the brilliant “The Me I See”-album (2016). “Changes” has been released one year later and featured similar influences, but not a same efficiency. Time now for the third full length “Shades”.
Content: Dirk Scheuber hasn’t change any of his influences and sound formula. It remains a kind of dark-melancholic pop music revealing delicate arrangements and noticeable vocals. Two songs have been sung together with the female singer Lilli Engelhardt.
+ + + : “Shades” is a fully enjoyable piece of music on, which Dirk Scheuber again dares to illustrates his fragility as human being. The lyrical content makes you reflect about life and maybe incite to start exorcising your personal demons. “Fame” is a poignant illustration of this lyrical approach, but it also reveals the poetic approach of the artist. Sound-wise “Shades” is mature production revealing an elaborated writing and a musician with great skills to compose carrying melody lines. Both duos together with Lilli Engelhardt inject an extra sensitive flavor to the work.
– – – : What Scheuber is probably missing is a potential hit song. His music is great, the songs are enjoyable, but I can’t really say to have heard an absolute hit song… even if I really love “Tainted Hearts”.
Conclusion: “Shades” is a beautiful album for its artistic production and intelligent lyrical content.
Best songs: “Tainted Hearts”, “Coloured Rays”, “Tempo”, “Fame”, “Recaptured”.