Barbara Morgenstern - Doppelstern

Barbara Morgenstern - Doppelstern
Album: Doppelstern
Duration: 46:14
Recording Date: December, 2013
Release Date: October 2, 2015
Artist: Barbara Morgenstern
Genre: Electronic
Recording Location: Automatic Heartbreak Studios, Brooklyn, NY; BM Studio Berlin; BM Studio Kunstfabrik; BM Studio, Berlin; Dreamhouse; Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt; NY; Random Noise Studio Berlin; Richardplatz; Stern Studio UM; Studio Zwei & BM Studio Berlin; Tokyo
Styles: Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Synth Pop

Arriving three years after Sweet Silence, her first album sung entirely in English, German indie electronic chanteuse Barbara Morgenstern's Doppelstern is a collaborative album touching on various aspects of her sound, from blippy electro-pop to more ornately orchestrated compositions. Neo-classical artists such as Hauschka and Jacaszek contribute dramatic piano-driven pieces, with Jacaszek's "Den Kommenden Morgen" also featuring ominous, whispering choral vocals that seem like they're evoking some sort of cult ritual. While most of the songs are sung in German, a few of her duet partners lead songs in English, such as Monika Enterprise label boss Gudrun Gut, who slinks around "Too Much," and Corey Dargel, whose "No One Nowhere Cares" sounds like a more atmospheric version of Morgenstern's earlier sound marked with primitive drum machines. The album's poppiest moment is "Übermorgen," a glimmering chillwave cut featuring Robert Lippok and Justus Köhncke. Lucrecia Dalt collaboration "Gleich Ist Gleicher Als Gleich" is far more murky and abstract. "Facades," a mostly instrumental track featuring Canadian cellist Julia Kent, seems primed to soundtrack a stormy drama film or television series. On "Lost in a Fiction," Morgenstern and Richard Davis sweetly harmonize "take away your expectations of what you want me to be," and Doppelstern demonstrates Morgenstern's resistance to being pigeonholed or settling into predictability.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Was Du nicht Siehst / Barbara Morgenstern / T.RaumschmiereBarbara Morgenstern4:01
Meins sollte Meins Sein / Hauschka / Barbara MorgensternBarbara Morgenstern5:41
Too Much / Gudrun Gut / Barbara MorgensternBarbara Morgenstern3:56
Übermorgen / Justus Köhncke / Robert Lippok / Barbara MorgensternBarbara Morgenstern3:34
No One Nowhere Cares / Corey Dargel / Barbara MorgensternBarbara Morgenstern4:29
Gleich ist Gleicher als Gleich / Lucrecia Dalt / Barbara MorgensternBarbara Morgenstern4:06
Facades / Barbara Morgenstern / T.RaumschmiereBarbara Morgenstern3:54
Aglow / Coppé / Barbara MorgensternBarbara Morgenstern3:34
Schieß den Bock / Barbara Morgenstern / Toniah ReehBarbara Morgenstern3:20
Lost in a Fiction / Richard Davis / Barbara MorgensternBarbara Morgenstern4:29
Den kommenden Morgen / Jacaszek / Barbara MorgensternBarbara Morgenstern5:11

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