DEPARLISE - Herzlich Willkommen

Déparlise - Herzlich Willkommen

11 songs
43:58 minutes
***** **
In Bloom


Déparlise is the feeling that you feel when you feel that you’re feeling. Such is the unusual opening of the info sheet by the equally named quartet from the south of Germany. Their debut, fittingly titled Herzlich Willkommen, doesn’t make it easy to categorise the band.

Hip hop, ska, indie and folklore elements can be found on the eleven tracks that couldn’t sound any more different. The band does try though to find a common denominator and consequently labels their genre as dance music with spoken vocals. And it’s this spoken vocal performance that reminds me of German independent bands from the Nineties like Das Auge Gottes and also maybe Selig. Unwanted parallels can occasionally be made to Luxembourgish band Legotrip.

Déparlise are at their liveliest whenever they play around with ska and folklore. Especially the upbeat Do The Dirty has all it takes to become a party hit. The title track and Karel are two further songs that pack a lot of punch. The single Knochensüchtig goes into a different directing by combining country and rock’n’roll, thus reminding me a little of early Boss Hoss. The melancholy ballad Brief an den Vater is another highlight. This song full of depth turned out very gloomy and carries across a certain Johnny Cash flair. And then there is the band’s more hip hop oriented side, and I am sincere when I say that I am not too fond of that genre. Lächerlich and Koma do have some strong moments, while Entschuldigung Bitte and Zeig mir deine Zähne don’t really move ahead and thus are not interesting to me.

The bottom line is that Herzlich Willkommen is still a very enjoyable affair. As the band’s stylistic orientation is very broad, it will be hard to find people who will like all of the material included. Apart from the album’s short but rather uneventful middle part, I still felt splendidly entertained. And let us not forget that CD players still come with a skip button whenever one doesn’t like a song.

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