DKXD

by DIE KATAPULT

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FORMATS: LP [Clear Vinyl] [Numbered Limited Edition of 500 copies] / Digital Album

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Until now, synth-pop and electro-pop have been most frequently characterized by the description of a dystopian world full of machines, starting with the style’s precursors, KRAFTWERK. But that future, one way or the other, is already here. That is why Elena Comas (bass and vocals; also in NELEONARD) and Anna Fredriksson (synths, rhythms, vocals and vocoder, also in LOS GANGLIOS), who are otherwise known as DIE KATAPULT, have decided to bear witness and write the first full length, “DKXD”. It is a digital, mechanized world, entrenched in an inconsistent and disconcerting idiosyncrasy, which they have used with an extremely intelligent mix of surrealism, dadaism, humor and cheekiness.

To the beat of Google Translator, they propose a sonic journey around Europe in every sense possible: linguistically (they sing in German, French, English, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, and even Japanese), musically (the influences coming through belong to all the pop traditions of the old continent: LIO, DAFT PUNK, the already mentioned KRAFTWERK, AVIADOR DRO, TELEX, LADYTRON, Franco Battiato…). To achieve all of this, they have had the help of none other than Ian Catt (SAINT ETIENNE, TREMBLING BLUE STARS, THE FIELD MICE, SHAMPOO, THE SCHOOL…) on production. And the result couldn’t be more fun and exciting. And of course, it is also tremendously danceable.

But don’t think there is some kind of overarching concept here or anything like that, with the overwhelming personality of DIE KATAPULT’s sound standing out so much. “Autokrack” is pure electro-martial, making an army of linguistic pirouettes with the auto prefix. But the chorus is priceless. The result is impossible to define. Marvelous. “Total Beschissen” speaks for itself: “Déjame ser muy claro en este punto. Este sistema es totalmente de mierda” (Let me be really clear about this. This system is total shit). Rough and melodic, comforting darkness. DEVO. “Mallorca Pop” throws you off balance. Irony with a bass in the style of NEW ORDER. Mallorca as a place for vacations, refreshing images, the pool, sangria, bikinis and cold beer, and never forget the most important thing – SPF 50 sunscreen and aftersun. This hall of mirrors that confuses and stimulates us at the same time, somewhere between cynicism and social protest, that reminds us so much of groups like OVIFORMIA SCI. “Come To My Island” is based on a German board game to the beat of a vocoder, that Moroder would definitely have loved to play. “Fiesta De Presión” is a user manual to develop a way to achieve an optimal level of alcoholism. Plays on words between submarines and the bar. If you submerge yourself under water, every 10 meters is like drinking one Martini, and so on into the deep… How many times have you been at a party and thought: “what am I doing here?” DIE KATAPULT tell us on “Was Machst Du”, a kind of techno ye-ye song.

“Bäckerei Digital” opens the second side and is also the advance single for the album, or a marvelous line of bakery products, baked by a digital baker with 3D printing. “Bouts De Papier” oozes europop from every single pore. Étienne Daho would kill for those papers, which are the only remains of a lost love. “Sommer In Russland”, or what a summer in a soviet country with only the help of a “Lonely Planet” would be like. We invite Marc Almond to join us. “Abhängigkeit” brings the best of disco music out to shine, to talk about dependence, as if METRONOMY, SOULWAX and KAVINSKY were paying homage to STEREO TOTAL. And to wrap things up, “Für Einen Moment” talks about a curious phenomenon, about alcohol consumption going way up in July and August because of the higher temperatures resulting from climate change. It is a trademark story, with an absolutely delicious and unexpected indie-pop chorus. Because the musical language DIE KATAPULT speaks has absolutely no prejudices. There are only bull’s eyes.

The album will be released digitally and on vinyl (limited), and it is something to be enjoyed with the mind and with the body. Because what Elena Comas and Anna Fredriksson have done is a unique, hilarious and reflexive exercise in attitude. Enjoy them; they are one of a kind.

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released November 8, 2019

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Track Name: Autokrack
Autobiografi
Autodafé
Autodidakt
Autoerotism
Autofoni
Autogami
Autograf
Autokeiria

Autoklav
Autokrack

Journalist graffite
Tuner mechaniker
Der friseursalon
Tätowierer

Dj Verrier
Track Name: Total Beschissen
Lassen sie mich in diesem punkt ganz deutlich sein
Dieses system ist total beschissen

Ich weiß nicht,
Ich weiß nicht, wie man in
Dieses system ist total beschissen
Track Name: Mallorca Pop
Die nächte sind kurz
Die tagen sind länger
Gazpacho, der pool
Sangría und paella
Sehr heiß
Vierzig im schatten
Trinken frischen bier, bikini und palmen

Die nächte sind kurz
Die tagen sind länger
Gazpacho, der pool
Sangría und paella
Sehr heiß
Hier raus
Trinken frischen Bier mit Bikini in Palma

Koffer packen nach Mallorca
Sommerurlaub nack Mallorca
Nicht vergessen SPF50 und after sun
Track Name: Come To My Island
Give me a loan
Give me some brick
I need to finish my great city wall
I feel I'm going crazy because the seven is coming for me
The seven is coming for me

With wood and wool
May build a ship
You don't have to bring anything
I have everything needed
Come to my Island
Let's see the sunset together
I have everything we need
Track Name: Fiesta De Presión
Fiesta de presión
Barra de tubos
Fiesta sin presión
Sin los típicos tubos

Zehn meter - ein Martini
Zwanzig meter - zwei Martinis
Dreißig meter - Dry Martini
Vierzig meter - vier Martinis
Track Name: Was Machst Du
Das ist ein spatz party
Ich auch lachen
Was sagen sie
Was soll ich du
Lachen sie jetzt
Ich nicht verstehen
Ich bin ein alien
Ich versuche nett zu sein
Es ist besser zu trinken
Das ist ein kampf der kulturen

Was machst du hier
Was machst du hier
Was machst du hier
Was machst du hier
Track Name: Bäckerei Digital
Bäckerei digital
Wähle den kuchen
Apfelstrudel
Käsekuchen
Unter anderen

Bäckerei digital
Herunter zu laden eine torte
Bäckerei digital
Drucke es in 3D
Track Name: Bouts De Papier
Tour Eiffel, Tour Eiffel
Postal d'amour
Photo

Chandail gris, chandail gris
Quatre vingt douze
La pluie

Toi et moi, toi et moi
C'est la mémoire de cet amour

Café noir, cinéma
C'est la mémoire de cet amour

Mais je ne me souviens plus à ton saveur
Bien que je me souviens de cette chanson

C'est la mémoire de cet amour
C'est mon rêve de ce qu'on appelle l'amour

Bouts de papier de cet amour
C'est la mémoire de cet amour
Track Name: Sommer In Russland
Bereit für 30 tage in der stadt
Ich habe reisepass, visum und geld
Intensivkurs an der akademie
Ich will verbringen den sommer in Russland

Ich werde Kreml und dem Roten Platz zu sehen
Ich werde sehen der Basilius-Kathedrale
Ich schlafe in der typischen hostel
Ich will verbringen den sommer in Russland

In Russland
Sommer in Russland
Track Name: Abhängigkeit
Psychische abhängigkeit
Lustwirkung, fantasiewirkung, abhängigkeit

Der einzige und sein eigenthum
Track Name: Für Einen Moment
Juli, August
Wärmer als je zuvor
Der verkauf läuft in diesem sommer gut
Nicht nur am wochenende
Aber jeden tag

Für eine moment
Sie fühlen glück
Aber wenn die hitze anhält
Die menschen alkoholiker sein

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