VERONIQUE DE LA CHANSON - Wolken Zucker Himmel

Véronique de la Chanson - Wolken Zucker Himmel

14 songs
42:50 minutes
***** ****
Sumo Rex


Véronique de la Chanson, who currently lives in Trier, might be familiar to indie pop fans, as she used to play with The Cherrypops from Essen in the Ruhr area. As with her previous band, she’s still playing the guitar and writing songs, but now as a solo artist she’s also singing.

The result is a promising debut album with the sweet title Wolken Zucker Himmel. The songs are however less saccharine. The fourteen tracks average about three minutes each, and offer an entertaining mélange of rock’n’roll with Sixties tinged pop, plus some Neue Deutsche Welle and lo-fi flair. This very idiosyncratic mix reminds at times of Stereo Total, which should be considered a compliment.

The album contains with Ich würde lieber ein Mädchen küssen a song that Véronique de la Chanson played already with the Cherrypops, and frankly this catchy track is one of the highlights. But also the new material, written during the last three years, is really great. The songs are short and simple, but so melodic and charming that not listening is just not an option. The vocals are sometimes a little off, but that just adds to the product’s authenticity and allure. Despite there being fourteen songs, there is not a single weak one among them. Reisefieber is a straightforward piece that is just as fun as the frivolous Tschau und bis dann. But also the brazen Auf der Rollbahn in den Irrsinn and the slightly psychedelic Kleiner Astronaut are definite standout tracks. Even the melancholic Wäre es nicht schön never digs too deeply into kitsch and just feels like it belongs.

The fun is over after forty-two minutes, but I have to admit that I keep getting back to listening to Wolken Zucker Himmel again and again, and it doesn’t feel old yet. The album is full of good energy and fun, so that you can never get enough of it. Those who like cheerful indie pop and rock should soon fall under the spell of Véronique de la Chanson.

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