Genre/Influences: Dream-pop, indie-pop/rock.
Background/Info: Starframes is an Italian formation which has released their third full length album. It also is their first new opus since 2011. “Nicht Vergessen” is a conceptual work based on the book “Stasiland” from Anna Funder. The story happened in Berlin from the 1940s up to modern times. Each song reflects a chapter of the book.
Content: If you consider the tragic events and period from the 40s and you discover the sweet and dream-pop like sound of Starframes you can only, but agree there’s an interesting disparity. Some of the songs feel as ballads while other are pure reverie-like and a bit cinematographic-minded. Several tracks are instrumental versions. The guitar parts create a dreamy experience.
+ + + : First there’s the artwork of the album revealing a great digipak format. Next there’s an interesting and original concept. Sound-wise the album appeals for lovers of dream-pop trips. The guitar playing injects a truly spirit to the work. Reverie emerges from the beautiful songs “Zimmerstrasse”, and “Dear Akelei” while the instrumental “One Day” is another attention grabber. This album has a relaxing effect and invites the listener to embark on an imaginary voyage.
– – – : “Nicht Vergessen” is an easy listening opus, but missing an apogee.
Conclusion: “Nicht Vergessen” makes me think to the sensation of a road-movie.
Best songs: “Zimmerstrasse”, “Dear Akelei”, “One Day”, I Am No One”.
Since you’re here … … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The donations are safely powered by Paypal.