Having listened to and appreciated Germany Germany for countless releases and having enjoyed some of our more popular days on the blog because of him (including the post he wrote yesterday which previews 5 tracks from the new album) it is hugely exciting that he has now released his latest full length Adventures. A day early no less.
Now we never talk about albums really on this blog and that is a great shame because there is so much more to an album than there is to a track, especially in an age where people are no longer going to shell out their money for a record with 2 killer tracks and 35 minutes of time wasting. It is a great testament to Germany Germany that despite being so new on the scene he is finding critics and fans across the world who will sit and listen to entire albums of his with genuine enthusiasm. The fact of the matter is that the more of this music you hear the more you want.
Almost every review or article on Germany Germany I have read mentions his real name, Drew Harris, and that’s because one of the sensations that shines out from the music is that this is very much just a regular guy who has putting his everything into making this album. An album which embraces all things human and genuinely loveable. None of his stuff has the Teflon like sheen or the impersonal metallic edge which characterises much of the less engaging electronica and dance music. I would definitely dance to this record but I would also stick it on if I had an essay to write, for a road trip, for skydiving. Adventures brings so many memories and emotions to mind through because it delivers consistently with music which races with euphoria like Take Me Home to the more gentle hazed out vocal numbers like Natural.
The biggest kick I get out of Drew’s music is that it has come from the other side of the Atlantic, on the far side of Canada, and yet here in England I can go crazy about it and write about it and pay for it and listen to it every day to get me out of bed and onto campus. And I guarantee that I’ll still be listening in 5, 10, 15, however many years, whatever I’m doing.