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Das Flüff: dark dramatic electro post-punk

For those who haven’t heard about Das Flüff, they are an electro post-punk band, currently based between Berlin and London andhave just unveiled their latest album, Anxiety Dreams. They have released the first single Millennial, a powerful track that jabs a finger in the IT generation, which will be followed by the singles Obey and Ringmaster. Anxiety Dreams is the band’s fourth album after their debut Would You Die for Mein 2011, followed by Meditation and Violence (2013) and Flower with Knife (2016).

Das Flüff comprises the attention-grabbing vocalist, writer, producer and rhythm guitarist Dawn Lintern; the skilled master of electronics and visuals, Christian Ruland; and lead guitarist Joe Dochtermann.Their influences range from post-punk to electro-goth, with hints of Bauhaus, Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie and the Banshees and David Bowie. Das Flüff’s strong sense of drama and spectacle creates particularly enjoyable live performances, which have gained them worldwide attention.

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The Anxiety Dreams LP is a striking combination of the dark, emotive and playfully dramatic. The manifold nuances of Dawn Lintern’s vocals, which have been compared to that of Siouxsie Sioux, encompass a wide range of shades revealing the highly sensitive personality of an artist who shamelessly expresses the anger she feels about contemporary society.

Millenial is a crowning example of compelling electro post-punk blended with powerful beats and lyrics that condemn human vacuity. The hypnotic Anxiety Dreams makes one think of a captivating poetry reading, leading to the thundering darkness of Bleed Me Dry. Seductive and intimate, Ringmaster opens up a softer, more melodic environment; its layers of sound complemented by the artful modulations of Dawn’s voice. Animal, then, emerges as an Orwellian portrait of the world followed by vaudevillian FreaksObey is a catastrophic representation of a dark universe of robot-like people surrounded by warfare and conflict, contrasting starkly withThe Cure, a cheerfully elegant track ofglorious guitars and velvety vocals: the “cure” for the destructive scenario depicted before. The course of optimism goes on with Rise, only to whip us back into submission with the foreboding Supervolcano: a dark, mesmerising song that leaves the aftertaste of a highly creative, complex and varied oeuvre that smacks of Das Flüff.

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