Das Mörtal – Always Loved Review
Hello guys! Welcome to my attempt to do a review for Das Mörtal album Always Loved.
I say attempt to do a review because I have never done an album review. The thing is that this album is so great that I have to share the love with you. So excuse me if I don’t use proper words or proper terms when I try to describe the music.
I know about Das Mörtal for a couple of years. According to my Last.fm profile I first listen to him on 13-March-2015. It was around the launch of Hotline Miami 2. The song named Hotline Miami II is simply amazing. It’s what drew my attention towards the artist. The sound is clean. He uses synths. The melody is enjoyable. Not sure exactly how to describe it. See… I told you that I don’t know what words to use! But the main idea is that Das Mörtal has a really clean sound that I really enjoy listening to especially when I work. It manages to entertain me while at the same time not distract me involuntary… you know on how some songs are… random sounds on random places that really get you out of the “zone”. An example of this would me Mac DeMarco’s song Moonlight on the River which is very enjoyable until the end of the song where you start to hear random noise.
Another song that I liked is Minimal Chainsaw. This song is a bit in another style. Much more dark & brutal… especially because of that chainsaw sound and repetitive sound patterns. But this only shows that Das Mörtal can work in this whole spectrum of synths.
So… at the end of May I see an announcement that Das Mörtal is going to release his first album on 9th June. Not only that but that album is also going to be released on vinyl! And as some of you might know… I started to collect vinyls of albums that I like. Of course that I’m not going to jump in. I don’t buy everything. I only buy albums that work well on vinyl. Meaning albums that have decent songs all around and only only 1-2 good songs per album.
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The album cover is also pretty interesting. Might be a bit nsfw for some people… but whatver. I like the combination of that background purple with that dominating teal color.
Works well. Good New Retro Wave style… however at the same time it’s not fully new retro wave. It stays away from only using the colors that … in a way … they are starting to get a bit boring. Yea it’s still cool, but I like when people are trying new things. For example the new Magnatron 2.0 album cover. Don’t get me wrong. It’s pretty amazing. I just enjoy Always Loved cover because it’s fresh while at the same time it remains in the new retro wave theme. Actually, just have a look at New Retro Wave Label’s page. See… lot’s of dark… purple…
What is funny about this cover is that… because of the nudity they have to use a censored version of the cover. So that means … no nipples… and the pubic area from “down there” it’s… shaved.
So, the date is 9th June 2017. Das Mörtal album Always Loved get’s released on Bandcamp & other places. By the way… that Bandcamp text is a link… so click it. You can actually listen to the album right now. So it’s 9th June. I was probably at work. Album get’s released. I go on Spotify and give it a first listen. It’s starts with the first single of the album, Midnight Randez-Vous that features French Fox on vocals. French Fox is actually Julien Manaud who is the co-founder of Lisbon Lux Records who are the label for Always Loved. All based in Montréal Canada. Funny thing is that right now while I was researching French Fox, I found his song Punch that is very enjoyable. 😀 Anyway, back to the first song Midnight Randez-Vous. This is the first single of the album that actually has a video found here. It is a pretty good song for the start of the album and French Fox is doing a good job. Actually, I’m thinking if it’s French Fox voice on the song or his contribution to the song comes in some other way. I usually don’t like voice in this synth style songs. I think however that I don’t like female voice in synth style songs. Not 100% sure why… I’m still thinking about this. Probably because I think that adding a female voice is a cheap way to create a somehow “hit”? Check for example the song Genesis from Nightcrawler‘s album Metropolis. But it might just be that I don’t like Dana Jean Phoenix.
Annnnyway. Back on the album. 2nd song called Backseat Love Affair. Another really clean song. Very good setup for the upcoming two songs which I think are the best songs on the album. Bedtime Intimacy and Dark Alley Intercourse. Dark Alley Intercourse is actually the song that triggered me saying “Hey, this sounds amazing!”. That’s the moment I re-started the album. I had a good couple of listens to the first four songs before continuing. I like the robot voices that come around minute 3:45. It reminded me a bit of Kraftwerk. He does a good job not abusing this. Those voices are only there for a couple of seconds but enough to make an impact.
The first change of … style … I might say comes from the 5th song Jennifer. It’s a bit more disturbing and dark (in the good way). I think that’s because of the repetitive pattern that starts around minute 1:25. The 6th song, Risking My Life featuring Ghost Twin. There are some female vocals there but… somehow I like the song. Probably because the song doesn’t rely on the voice to drive the song forward? I mean the vocals are there… present… but they manage to be somehow neutral, in the back not distracting me. Not sure what the hell I’m saying… I’m probably talking bullshit.
7th Song … Youth Escape … some other vocals that have some distort effect that works amazing! It even starts with some rhyme.
Anyway. The remain songs… The Curse, Final Survivor Girl & Midnight Randez-Vous – Outro … are also pretty good. I don’t have a strong opinion about them mainly because I didn’t had time to listen “that much” to them. The beginning of the album is kind of taking over. Final Survior Girl is the 2nd song that seems a bit dark with repetitive patterns. I think the spot as the 9th song it’s a pretty good fit. It prepares you for the end of the album.
So in the end I think Das Mörtal strength lies in the fact that he knows when to end his songs. On average his songs are around 3:40 or so shortest being the last song with 2:02 and longest being 4:57. He managed to use a decent number of melodies but he doesn’t drag them for to long. He is not trying to fill the space. Not only that but he was 2 songs that are a little bit darker (Jennifer & Final Survivor Girl) so he knows how to mix things up. Third… he doesn’t rely on vocals to drive his songs forward.
After listening for the album for a good couple of hours I decided that I need to have this album in my life. I need to have Das Mörtal – Always Loved on vinyl… in my colection! So I ordered it… the album was 26 euros + 15 euros shipping… making it to a total of 41 euro. This was pretty expensive for one vinyl… but damn if it was not worth it.
Take a look at this beauty!
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