Music Review | posted 20.08.2012
Teengirl Fantasy
Tracer
R&S Records, 2012
Text Fionn Birr , Translation Anja Vatter
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Teengirl Fantasy hid in their home Williamsburg to produce »Tracer« – in exactly the corner of Brooklyn, which in the last years has turned into the gentrified bastion for professionally young bonvivants, a place of indecision and break-up. Logan Takahashi’s and Nick Weiss’ comfort zone, too, is still between two stools. Accordingly, their second album »Tracer« is nerved with laminar techno- and house-bits, which, with well aimed fickleness, don’t even try to meet the minimally delayed expectations of the listener. The two friends of Psychedelic House stack 808s, Juno-106s and wavestations without samples into dreamy polyphonic hybrids, which flirt with Teddy Riley just as much as with Chicago’s Warehouse. Whether staggering as in the opener »Orbit« or sagging like in the pre-released single »End« or stuttering like the last track »Timeline«, synthetical melody arches are only indicated before they retire into the foggy heavy anomaly between subbass and kickdrum. »Tracer« is the result of two sleepy weirdo-composers, who pay homage to the exhausted bewilderment of a drunken party night. Legendary Romanthony passes by on the frenetic French-House-Reference »Do It«, who’s voice has already turned Daft Punk’s »One More Time« into a catchy tune. The spread-out samples of the T.P.S.-debut »7 AM« made way for the vocals of well-meaning high-flyers like Panda Bear, Laurel Halo or the newcomer Kelela and they fill the ten tracks with masses of hits. Provided that this can still be done in times of daily soundcloud-tsunamis…

Teengirl Fantasy’s album »Tracer« can be found on hhv.de: LP
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