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Thursday, July 23, 2015 21:15

Florian is Paul Kalkbrenner's new release and it's heading to new "uncharted" waters.

As far as humanity can recall dangerous voyages had to be done to discover new wonderful lands. However Kalkbrenner's "Florian" sunk just after leaving the docks and there weren't any storms nearby.

"Cloud Rider" feels like the German version of Avicii's "Wake me up" In fact it the story that goes through three songs and three video clips begins with a socially handicapped person who doesn't have a single friend and for some reason he's unable to speak, or to use the internet. If someone with all these disabilities can make a good or even correct track, it has really high chances of becoming an internet sensation in no time. The artistic representation of the desperate music producer is trying to be deep, but the scenes that aim to generate empathy are ridiculously over-exaggerated and so awkwardly set up, that the viewer will feel empathy for the victims of Florian's attacks. I surely wouldn't let a stranger walk up to me to put a headphone on my ears without asking.

"Motherfucker" is what the whole release should look and sound like. It simply sounds like Paul Kalkbrenner. It's dark, it's groovy and there's a healthy wave of strong undercurrents with a strong German techno flavor. The clip also underlines the music by creating a viable portrait of despair, mixed with anger resulting in a rampage, that I guess every creative or person goes through at least a couple of times.

"Feed you Head" is yet again an Avicii like German – Country – Techno thing. The cheesy feel of the track can be cured with the removal of the vocals, which would immediately put it into a "yeah that's good" category. The video falls in the same hole as the track does. It could be nice if it wasn't trying to ram a "deep and moving" massage down the viewers' throat, that doesn't really exist. I have gladly opened my mouth to get something special, but all I got was a cliché that was so big, I was hardly able to swallow it. He's tracks have always been known for a strong emotional load, but Florian is just way too much. There's no way of being über artistic while focusing on mianstream popularity. It just ends up being a cliché. There's a way to do very artistic and highly popular things, but that's what Gesaffelstein's "Pursuit" and "Hate or Glory" is. Even this homemade clip of "Moth" beats Florian by miles.

The presence of a good intention to make something interesting is clear, but the project ended like handing over a promising video game adaptation to Uwe Boll. If you're a fan of the German producer, than "Motherfucker" is worth listening and viewing. The rest of the release is not worthy of wasting precious minutes of your life. I've watched them so you don't have to. I stay with my fingers crossed, hoping that Paul managed to squeeze out the pink overly-emotional juice and his forthcoming album called simply "7" will feature healthy doses of emotions and trippy vibes.

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TAGS: Paul Kalkbrenner, Florian, 7, fail
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