AIRPEOPLE - The Golden City

Airpeople - The Golden City

9 songs
38:19 minutes
***** **
Golden Antenna / EWS Connection


It would be exaggerated to call Airpeople a supergroup, but the musicians’ pasts in rather well known and undeniably excellent German bands like The Oliver Twist, Fuckuismyname and Eniac promises already a lot. The aforementioned bands had a reputation for intelligent indie rock, hardcore and punk, so that the chosen route on Airpeople’s debut The Golden City can’t fail to surprise. Letting go of the vocals, the quartet plays an instrumental amalgam of post rock’s atmospheres and math rock’s angular structures. The usual rock instruments guitar, bass and drums are joined by synthesizers and less typical artifacts like glockenspiel and kalimba.

The CD starts with the title track and is followed by songs that are all named after cities from all over the planet. The idea of a world trip is in itself very interesting, but unfortunately the band only manages on Mombasa to add a local flavour, thanks to the African tinted percussion and the kalimba. Saigon, nowadays better known as Ho Chi Minh City, fails to infuse an Asian mood.

This doesn’t mean that the songs are bad, but somehow they rarely can decide what road to travel. Airpeople still lack the courage to try the majestic panorama sounds of postrock, and their math rock excursions sometimes lack the craziness that genre is usually love for. But maybe this is exactly what this still new band wants to achieve.

When all is said and done, we are left with an actually really good if rather short first record that disappoints only by everything that it could have possibly been. The lack of vocals really makes it hard to remember the songs, and the idea of creating soundtracks for cities works better on paper than on CD. The four musicians involved in Airpeople are all without a blame, and their songwriting abilities as well as their arrangements are totally professional. If they allow their music to become either more experimental and daring, or more accessible in the future, they will have the potential to come up with something really grand. Until then, we have to be satisfied with the already quite promising debut.

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