Background/Info: Swedish duo Jonatan Löfstedt – Gustav Jansson have been into music since 2001. They released several productions under the Sturm Café moniker and here delivers their last work entitled “Es Geht”. It rather appears to be a mini-album featuring 6 different songs instead of an EP.
Content: If you’re familiar with Sturm Café you for sure know that this band deals with good-old EBM. “Es Geht” might possible evoke Nitzer Ebb for the typical old-school approach, and also Front 242 for more sophisticated parts. I even noticed a more into new-beat song entitled “Traummann”, which reveals the open-minded sound spectrum this band is dealing with.
+ + + : Sturm Café composes EBM in the purest tradition, but what I especially appreciate is that they take care to elaborate their songs with great synth parts and certain minimal approach in the sound creation. It’s a creative format of EBM resulting in a few remarkable songs such as “Arsenal”, “Traummamnn” and “Voodoo Sex”. The vocals (in German) totally fit with this composition, which I’ve to say is maybe less powerful than the familiar old-school EBM bands, but more worked out!
– – – : I just noticed one song (cf. “Zurück Zu Den Alten Zeiten”), which rather sounds as a poorly inspired B-side song. That’s just one single piece from the 6 so you don’t hear me to complain.
Conclusion: Sturm Café once more confirms why they belong to the most efficient EBM troops although they’re maybe not the most renowned. “Es Geht” is a great, efficient and well-crafted production!
Best songs: “Arsenal”, “Traummann”, “Voodoo Sex”, “Eine Frage”.