The Return of Psychedelic Rock

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January 19, 2018 by Paula Reyes

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The German word, Fenster, is defined as Windows. With that said, that is also the name of the rising multinational band. Fenster is based in Berlin and made up of Berliner Jonathan Jarzyna (lead vocals), New Yorker JJ Weihl (guitarist and bassist), Lucas Chantre from France (sound designer and synthesizer), and Will Samson from the U.K. (drummer). The bands has released two full-length albums, Bones (2012) and The Pink Caves (2014). Their most recent album, Emocean, was released in 2015 and it is a twist on their musical point of view. While The Pink Caves is an album with a “Twin Peaks” motivated sound, Emocean features emotional songs. With songs about dreams and what could, in my opinion, this is their best album yet.

EMOCEAN is an astonishing takeoff from their initial two albums. The way to deal with this record was a more all encompassing activity in “collective songwriting” and was come about because of a progression of concentrated sessions. The sounds summon a range of parallel universes – from relieving surfy tidal waves to simple synth, interstellar purple-funk disco, places of love, acidic blues sounds, and picking daisies on the moon (Les Fleurs). The most dance-able track is certainly “Off the Cahin,” and “Memories” is a sun-splashed summer jam.

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