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Zwicker

Songs of Lucid Dreamers

(Compost; US: 16 Jun 2009; UK: 4 May 2009)

Zwicker is Zurich, Switzerland-based producer Cyril Boehler. On the aptly-titled Songs of Lucid Dreamers, he follows a familiar template. Guest vocalists—ranging from chanteuse Olivera Stanimirov to Australian DJ/crooner Jamie Lloyd to spoken word artist Billy Oden—lend character to Boehler’s stark, minimalist, often moody electronic textures. There are plenty of analog hisses and screeches to go around, and the overall feel is consistent despite the variety of singers. The two instrumentals fall flat, though, and Boehler can’t keep up the musical quality for the entire album. But highlights like the early-New Order-recalling “Ping Pong Muses” and discofied “Oddity” make Songs of Lurid Dreamers more than just another European cafe soundtrack.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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