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REVIEW: Luis Ake - Umweg/ Krafter

This unmissable double release from Germany's Luis Ake will captive you from the very off. Utilising his unique and quirky musical stylings and charming vocals, the exquisite artistry found throughout all of Luis' discography shines through both Umweg and Krafter.

"The song is about a detour you have to make every day to avoid walking past the house of your ex-partner. This detour always costs you 10 minutes and reminds you of the past time, which you mourn after). Everybody knows this situation, especially if you live in the same part of town. Once there was great happiness, now it's only constant suffering. In the end, you emancipate yourself from the street and turn into a bird to fly back to the balcony of your former love to say that you still love her."

Not one to shy away from becoming vulnerable through his music, Luis Ake has steadily released a collection of eclectic synth-pop tracks since his debut in 2019 with Bitte Lass Mich Freoi. Flitting effortlessly between the confines of genres, Luis has created an enchanting blend of sonic influences that may well come to define the modern pop scene in Germany.

In addition to the two singles Luis Ake has also revealed the remarkable music video for the first of the two tracks, Umweg. Luis shared his thoughts on the project with us below:

"I’m really happy to have Julian Gallese, a Costa Rican filmmaker which I admire a lot on board for the video. His unique style and humour fits the grim sense of humour in the song pretty well. The detours, which get described in the lyrics of the song are translated into a spontaneous dance party somewhere in a lonely desert. Julian used motion-tracking to perform the dance of the old man himself. I love the overall vibe which fits the positive ending of the song. And most important of all: He even rebuild my Porsche in 3D!"

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