De Staat
Bubble Gum


4.5
superb

Review

by former sputnik's home post-punk maester USER (120 Reviews)
January 21st, 2019 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Weird shit, fun shit.

De Staat is a weird band. They’ve started out as a mildly off-kilter psychedelic band, then moved to something a little more danceable and eventually decided to take the ‘dance’ element and make it the prime component. But along the lines came the song “Witch Doctor”. That track can pretty much be defined as the quintessential De Staat song. It was insane, dense, and catchy and it just made your body involuntarily move in spastic pogo convulsions. At this point the band is more or less tiptoeing around that song. The oddball song-writing they’ve always employed in their music in combination with some electronically-charged dense musical peculiarity. Now it is time for another one of those dense body-shaking rides.

The single “Kitty Kitty”, albeit beats a dead horse thematically (2016 American presidential election), but is built on an extravagant musical progression that feels like it is on a loop that keeps spinning faster and faster until it pours out into a complete nuclear explosion. A hell of a way to open an album. “Fake It Till You Make It” is more intriguing on an instrumental level, than in its song-writing, which is rather somewhat forgettable, even if quirky. “Mona Lisa” then turns that slightly sour aftertaste upside down and gives a song that, even if not necessarily an anthem for all ages, is multi-faceted and adventurous. That anthemic crowd banger is only the following cut “I’m Out of Your Mind”, where the fast instrumentation and squeaky electronics make your brain cells organise a mini-mosh pit inside your head.

“Pikachu” has the potential of sickening some people. It is a tune that is slower, but has a certain mocking silliness. Think Lindemann or Bloodhound Gang’s “Bad Touch”, that sort of oddball fun with its own seemingly nonsensical lyricism and “I’m Too Sexy” vocals spelling out “One, two, Pikachu, wanna Pikachu, cause I’m a lurky boy, lookie-loo, puppy with a toy, you know you will be all good, Hollywood, party like you should, I’ll be that quiet boy in the back, quiet in the back.” That kind of delivery you can either find hilarious and catchy or utterly vomit-inducing.

And things get even quieter and even slower, but with less of a fetishist undertone, on the song “Phoenix”. De Staat utilise their love for progression in a more melodramatic way, delivering a tune full of emotions, but also some darkness to it, given the sinister sound of the atmospheric production. “Level Up” is just a simple fun cut that seems to give musical homage to old video games. “Me Time” is probably album’s low point, but that is unclear. It is a song that is by far the most eccentric and musically out-there, but at the same time it barely has a memorable hook (an unusual case for De Staat) and any significant form, other than its loudness and electronic idiosyncrasy.

That off-the-wall experimentation is then followed by its absolute opposite: album’s most straightforward track, “Tie Me Down” featuring singer Luwten, who brings a much welcome counterpart to Torre Florim’s vocals, making this duet a seamless part of the album, fitting like nothing else (certainly more than the strange density beatdown on “Me Time”). “I Wrote That Code” is also somewhat easy, but it wouldn’t be De Staat, had they not used some tiny quirky instrumentation all throughout the track. And the closing track “Luther” certainly feels like a closer, but more in its scale and epic instrumental oversaturation, not so much in its song-writing, which leaves something more to be desired, but by no means is it anything close to a disappointment, for its primary goal (closing the album in a poignant and memorable way) it does achieve.

So De Staat 2019 is still as solid as ever. They might have become mere seekers of that “Witch Doctor” momentum, but at least only in instrumental fusion and general melodic oddity. There is a room to grow, mostly in consistency, so that each song at least can be clearly called a De Staat song. But you cannot deny quality, for De Staat missing a step is still miles more intriguing and exciting than many of their alternative rock/instrumental dance music contemporaries.



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Papa Universe
January 21st 2019


20096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

how about you go listen

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Lucman
January 21st 2019


2104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I might just do that. That video for KITTY KITTY is insane.

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DDDeftoneDDD
January 21st 2019


4107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh fuck this first track is awesome...if the quality sticks, we're aiming for high quality psypoprock stuff!

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Trifolium
January 21st 2019


3931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yesss! Was hoping this got reviewed. Great album (and review!).

Trifolium
January 21st 2019


3931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

''That video for KITTY KITTY is insane.''

THIS

DDDeftoneDDD
January 21st 2019


4107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[2]

Papa Universe
January 21st 2019


20096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

[3]

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 21st 2019


15043 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice Paps, yeah that video is nuts. Not a big fan of the track but will check it anyway.



Bubble pos!

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DDDeftoneDDD
January 21st 2019


4107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is crazy fun X) Dew, pay attention to late progressions on tracks hih m/

DDDeftoneDDD
January 21st 2019


4107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos to review PapaU

Thanks again X)

DoofDoof
January 21st 2019


2153 Comments


'Witch Doctor' was so good I downloaded it when I checked the parent album it came from - I didn't bother returning to anything else but I remember this band being 'quite interesting'

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Scheumke
January 21st 2019


390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review pops, pos'ed! Never actually checked these guys out (and I'm a dutchy even, shame on me) but holy crap ''That video for KITTY KITTY is insane.'' [4]. Will def. listen to the entire record soon!

DDDeftoneDDD
January 21st 2019


4107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol "Witch Doctor" is very fun cool. TKS Doof

Trifolium
January 21st 2019


3931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, totally. During every concert this HHUUUUUUGGGEE circle pit happens during Witch Doctor, like in the vid, with the singer, Torre, in the middle.

DDDeftoneDDD
January 21st 2019


4107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ahahah I can imagine it, its a nervous song

dude, I'm on that album now and its great too X) yessss

Trifolium
January 21st 2019


3931 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, totally. O is very nice too. And the remix album 'Vinticious Versions'.

And, maybe my fave De Staat weirdness: they keep posting this vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xTC-XvOnjI every Christmas, with an ultra-weird cover of 'Let It Snow'.

WatchItExplode
January 21st 2019


6426 Comments


Really dislike this though it is often interesting sonically

Papa Universe
January 21st 2019


20096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hey folks, you see that 4 average up there? Now watch it explode.

Scheumke
January 21st 2019


390 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is pretty consistently great throughout. 3,5 for now, but if this is a bit of a grower this will easily turn in to a 4.

WatchItExplode
January 21st 2019


6426 Comments


I generally don't rate things I'm not a fan of unless I still listen to them multiple times trying to get it. I don't plan to revisit this.



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