Probably, if I was to choose one country that has consistently given us people and bands that explored how Electronica could find fruitful bridges to Rock and Pop, I'd have to choose Germany. Whether you think of Tangerine Dream, Rodelius, Neu or Kraftwerk -to name a very few- Germans have led the way.
Now, or at least in recent years, it's the turn of Lali Puna, a band that is beginning to gain the recognition they deserve, although they remain the delight of select groups -and it's Thom Yorke's favorite German band, assuming such tidbit increases their appeal for you.
This is their third album, after the wonderful "Scary World Theory," and it's probably as satisfying a musical experience as its predecessor, perhaps fiercer, louder, and further defining their singular musical identity.
This is Electronica and Pop in a seamless dialogue, reaching some dark places which normally may not be associated with either musical form.
This is part of the soundtrack of the world post 9/11: somber and hopeful, reaching for firm ground in an unsteady ship. "Faking The Books" or "Call 1-800-fear" are particular examples of this.
And then, there's Valerie Trebeljahr's voice that crystallizes the band's mood, at once tender and fragile, guiding these songs without imposing herself yet making them special and more meaningful.
If you are interested in the new edges of popular music, the kind that attempts to move you without compromising its own vision, "Faking The Books" deserves your attention.