Vlimmer – XI (CD EP – Blackjack Illuminist Records)
Genre/Influences: Wave-pop, electro-wave, gothic.
Background/Info: German artist Alexander Leonard Donat, better known under the Vlimmer moniker is back on track unleashing two new EP’s “XI” and “XII”. The goal remains to release 18 EP’s.
Content: The sound of Vlimmer remains driven by good-old 80s influences and German vocals. Sometimes a bit experimental and often minimal-like this new 5-track EP remains rather faithful to the sound of the artist. Some passages are maybe a little bit darker and even appealing for a gothic audience.
+ + + : I especially enjoyed the vocals’ production while I remain seduced by the electronic minimalism of the composition. The retro-like influence is recognizable, but still has something personal making the Vlimmer-sound.
– – – : It’s an aspect I’ve already evoked, but Vlimmer is missing ‘that’ song –or call it ‘hit’, that might catch the attention of a wider audience.
Conclusion: “XI” is an interesting work in the Vlimmer-series; it has something refreshing and still old-school driven like the fusion between past and present.
Best songs: “Wärme”, “Leben”, “Regen”.
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