Arriving three years after Sweet Silence, her first album sung entirely in English, German indie electronic chanteuse Barbara Morgenstern's Doppelstern is a collaborative album touching on various aspects of her sound, from blippy electro-pop to more ornately orchestrated compositions. Neo-classical artists such as Hauschka and Jacaszek contribute dramatic piano-driven pieces, with Jacaszek's "Den Kommenden Morgen" also featuring ominous, whispering choral vocals that seem like they're evoking some sort of cult ritual. While most of the songs are sung in German, a few of her duet partners lead songs in English, such as Monika Enterprise label boss Gudrun Gut, who slinks around "Too Much," and Corey Dargel, whose "No One Nowhere Cares" sounds like a more atmospheric version of Morgenstern's earlier sound marked with primitive drum machines. The album's poppiest moment is "Übermorgen," a glimmering chillwave cut featuring Robert Lippok and Justus Köhncke. Lucrecia Dalt collaboration "Gleich Ist Gleicher Als Gleich" is far more murky and abstract. "Facades," a mostly instrumental track featuring Canadian cellist Julia Kent, seems primed to soundtrack a stormy drama film or television series. On "Lost in a Fiction," Morgenstern and Richard Davis sweetly harmonize "take away your expectations of what you want me to be," and Doppelstern demonstrates Morgenstern's resistance to being pigeonholed or settling into predictability.
Barbara Morgenstern Beide EP
With a earthy yet airy voice and an advanced degree in experimental electronics, Barbara Morgenstern seduces your ear with melodic German poetry while the sounds of electronic frippery provides an aural wallpaper of ambient experience. This little EP offers up 5 tracks all done in conjunction with other Krautrock electronics technicians.
"Ubermorning" is almost pop sounding with a 4/4 underbeat overlaid with a double time 3/4 melody, Justus Löhncke is her dance partner and while I can’t translate the lyric, it's pure '80s pop song joy. "Scrambler" with Robert Lippok is the dance track, and if you dance moves are limited to swaying in place while sipping designer water, why that’s just fine. Your über ungeradetracks lies in "Gleich ist Gleich Als Gliech." Here Morgenstern sings a dreamy lullaby as metallic sounds clank charmingly in the background. Drugs or meditation, either could use this as an effects anodyne to an altered state.