Strasse Der Zuversicht
Shining dark confidence Barely two years have passed and a new "long-player" from Sen Lotus is spinning on my iPod. One might now ask, have they just produced another record to publish something or was there already enough substantial material to justify the time spent in the studio ? For your reassurance - there are a lot of potential hits on "Street of Confidence"! The band put in a huge effort to create a big, radiant pop-design; the refinement of the sound and the decision to concentrate on song structure and melodies payed off well and one can hear influences of bands like Kaiser Chiefs and other members of the Indie genre. Those influences will only be perceived as pleasant quotations which do not try to fool the listener's ear or even force themselves into consciousness. "Street of Confidence" is rarely gentle and innocent and way more direct and immediate than it's predecessor, but at the same time even more radiant and darker. Partly shrill, delayed guitar sounds and rattling, straight drums provide an ambiance in which melodies develop and evolve more and more to the point where they capture the listener's senses. Just tune in to "Let Love In", where the rhythm is constantly shifted between piano and drums while still driving the song forward. Or there is "Heaven", raising from a melancholic ballad into a multi-timbral, maniac guitar orchestra over which Peter Trebo´s voice is enthroned in desperate elevation. When in "Street of confidence" Sweet meets Maximo Park is being celebrated and a direct rocksong is being mixed with an indie guitar sound. There are parts where the drums throw themselves into breaks and develop a pull which is hard to escape; where a hammering bass carries the song and welds everything together by giving it that much push that even one's heart is blown away beat after beat after beat. After each song you might catch yourself still hearing a faint echo of the melodies in your head which reform and repeat themselves. That all might generate an euphoric feeling of luck. It is recordings like this where you wish to be simple-minded and blindly enthusiastic enough to believe that really everyone has to know it and to love it. m. debase.