I’ve known about Germany Germany, the project of Victoria, Canada’s Drew Harris, for a long time now, but I’ve never gotten around to posting about his work– not talking about his album last year, Adventures was an egregious oversight, but thankfully it got picked up by more prominent sites. The Germany Germany project had been on indefinite hiatus since December, but Harris has come storming back with the singles “Departure” and “Disconnect,” the latter featuring none other than Stefaloo.
“Departure” really sticks out as a favorite because it’s one of those electronic songs that is calm and mellow while also being sprawling. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been in love with the idea of space (along with all the science fiction it entails) and am thus immediately drawn to any music that seems to represent that strange combination of vastness, lifelessness, and awe. “Departure’s” wash of synths feels destined to be set against a black backdrop pock-marked with lights. It’s elegant, relaxed beauty.
Strangely, while “Departure” seems to reach out for the stars, “Disconnect” seems to exist deep under the sea, weighted down by miles of water. Stefaloo’s disconnected vocals only further the aquatic sense of distance, while the electronics themselves feel heavy and wet–that is until they burst out of the waves in a synth-pop blowout. It’s a combination that draws me to this release–the two songs, though of the same kind, compliment each so well. It makes the release feel like a mini-EP instead of just another double-single release.
The two tracks are the leads to Germany Germany’s next album, Blank Mind Empty Heart, which is projected for release in the summer.