Driving, pulsating, multi-layered - the new album of the German trio PHCK combines electronic music schemes with classical songwriting.
The twelve tracks invite you to dream and dance. They work for the chill out and in the club. There are twelve carefully constructed unique pieces that merge together on the album to form a large, organic whole.
Already the mysterious opener "Heaven's Gate" moves into the album with its catchy choir, the hypnotic melody and the fine rhythm. Many titles build up to eight minutes with perfect mood dramaturgy, exciting and rich in contrasts.
In "Indian Summer", new areas are constantly looping around a loop that beats the curve to world music.
The sophisticated rhythm is very present throughout the album, as PHCK perfect their deep house sound - "deep" is the trio for real "depth" - with acoustic instruments such as hang drum, percussion, guitar, bass and violin.
Anyone who was able to experience PHCK live knows this subtle difference: The sounds of the synthesizer and the computer are given a grounded, organic touch with reference to the vastness of nature through the use of the instruments.
And it's not by chance that the band's studio is in a town on the edge of the Black Forest.
A song ennobles the album, which in its dreamy way sometimes bows to analogous heroes like Jon & Vangelis. PHCK love melodies, sometimes hopeful and uplifting ("Brother"), then again full of warming melancholy ("Essential Return"). "Music is a feeling”.
We always wanted to do something universal. Something to which everyone can invent their own story, "say the three. They have succeeded in this masterpiece.
A1. Heaven’s Gate
B1. Head Above Water
B2. A Flock
B3. More Than A Machine
C2. Essential Return
C3. Simple Heart
D1. Indian Summer
D3. Elephants (Piano Version)
Magnetic Mag x PHCK 'Director's Cut’
*) Decoded x PHCK Interview
*) Data Transmission x ‘More Than A Machine' Album Review
*) Faze Mag x ‘More Than A Machine' Album Review
Published: 22nd August 2019