Review: Strange Souvenirs: Just the Facts – digital delusion & disintegration

‘Facts’ is the latest single to be released by dark electronic indie pop band Strange Souvenirs. It is a bouncy 3 minute electro-disco track that immediately makes you wanna cut the rug with some extra confidence in your swagger. Boasting a heavy straight forward bass hook along with some solid ‘whip-crack’ drum fills between the […]

Written By Brandon Miller

‘Facts’ is the latest single to be released by dark electronic indie pop band Strange Souvenirs.

It is a bouncy 3 minute electro-disco track that immediately makes you wanna cut the rug with some extra confidence in your swagger. Boasting a heavy straight forward bass hook along with some solid ‘whip-crack’ drum fills between the empty spaces of a fat binary pulse, it’s hard not to wanna calculate your own lil’ algorithmic dance right on the spot.

a minimalistic tale of digital delusion and disintegration in the post truth era

The vocals present a minimalistic tale of digital delusion and disintegration in the post truth era, using a call and response motif, along with some shadowy ooh ooh oohs, that accentuates the songs already slightly quirky and dichotomous attitude. Strange Souvenirs lyrics of misinformation and paranoia are embedded snugly along trickling lines of bleeps and robotic chit chat, with cheery ‘shake a leg’ rhythmic guitar strokes that escalate the listener towards a crescendo of disco ball in a UFO sounding synths.

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Lyrics of misinformation and paranoia are embedded snugly along trickling lines of bleeps and robotic chit chat

Just as it seems the song will break down and fly away with it’s angelic falsettos, it doubles down and you realize you aren’t quite done tripping yet. It is a compelling and meticulous alt-pop nugget that is also highly suitable for the nightclub, that the Berlin/Hamburg based brothers Thomas and Matthias Juhnke have crafted alongside with their comrades at Famous Gold Watch Studios in Berlin where they are working on their debut album.

If the track ‘Facts’ is a glimpse into the upcoming album we can expect it to carry a sensation akin to defiantly dancing while keeping social distance on some grey street in Berlin as the infrastructure of the world crumbles in on itself. With Strange Souvenirs chaos seems to be the creative muse that guides them to their next constellation like a sine wave pulse from a bunker somewhere in the middle of the cosmos.

Find Strange Souvenirs on Soundcloud