Daniel Decker - Enklave

5 songs
15:52 minutes
***** **


Daniel Decker used to be the frontman for lo-fi band Pawnshop Orchestra. Currently the young artist feels more like developing a solo career which comes to live with his five song EP Enklave.

Straight from the opener and title track, Daniel Decker makes a positive impression with his pleasantly smooth voice. Although the diskurs pop song is rather catchy, there is sufficient room for hard guitars. The following Die Geister mit denen ich schlief, for which he made a video clip, is a perfect example of a good pop song. The shorter 22:22 Uhr in the middle of the record combines Neue Deutsche Welle with the new wave sound of the Eighties. Things become slightly bizarre with Vorstadtjunge, a cover version of Bronski Beat’s classic Smalltown Boy. The lyrics have been translated into German, and even though Decker’s interpretations seems to come at a slower pace than the original, it still is very recognisable. The EP ends with the somewhat weaker Langsames Gift which takes to much time to develop but ends on a good note.

This first solo effort by Daniel Decker is certainly not groundbreaking, but it is also not bad. Those who are into bands like Wolke and Die Oliver Minck Erfahrung should also consider themselves the target audience of Daniel Decker, even though he comes across slightly harder. Enklave has enough suspense to justify keeping Daniel Decker in sight.

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