Voyages New With COMA
Heavenly electro pop from one of Germany’s best
Hailing from the poppier side of Germany, in the hit-making factory city of Cologne, electronic pop duo COMA recently released their latest LP Voyage Voyage on Berlin label City Slang. Catching up with the dreamy, melancholic act just before their show at Urban Spree, we spoke to COMA about their latest LP, life in Cologne, as well as picking up some pro fishing tips.
There’s something quite astonishing happening within the world of German electronic pop music right now. When all the right ingredients come together, the combination of forlorn vocals, sombre sounds and whirring electronics seem to create that right amount of energy and buzz that works on all the right levels. And on all accounts, it looks as if Cologne seems to be the very melting pot where all these factors have been brewing together. Just in recent times, the German city has spawned the likes of Roosevelt, Woman, and of course, COMA.
Sitting in the City Slang office in Berlin, the band’s new label home, Marius Bubat, Georg Conrad are pretty relaxed after a day of press activities. Their new LP they’re in town to promote — Voyage Voyage — is a delicious, colourful album fill of wistful vocals and playful synths. Everything about the record has been carefully considered, from the artwork to the track titles, and instrumentation. It’s an LP that that brings the duo’s sound from the club onto the stage. And a big stage at that.
“As you can hear there’s been some development, it’s more band driven,” says Conrad about the LP. Their previous albums to date, as well as the majority of their music, was released on Kompakt, Cologne’s very own power-house label. With Voyage, Voyage however, their first album in four years, the duo are showing signs of evolution, one that’s been influenced by personal circumstances and personal growth. Tracks have become songs, with deeper instrumentation. There’s even been the inclusion of a live drummer, Niklas Schneider. “He was on tour with us before,” Bubat says about their new percussionist. “We took him and played a few more festivals. It gave us this connection, and we had this feeling that this style of presenting it was more exciting.”
Although the music has still inherently remained their own, the songs have become more personal, they have grown yet more melancholic, in addition to gaining a stronger, and maturer intensity. “It’s always like that with our music,” says Bubat. “Maybe it was less song based, but I think even if you listen to the old stuff, there’s always this melancholic vibe.” Developing into an act that performs less for the club punters, and more for the concert crowd isn’t something new they tell, but an element that’s always been a part of their framework. “For three years we’ve been trying to do more band shows,” explains Conrad. “There’s no specific reason we don’t do clubs, it just feels that you get more appreciation at a proper concert. People only come to your show because they want to see you.”