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Claire

Broken Promise Land EP

(Astralwerks; US: 24 Sep 2013; UK: Import)

Review [3.Oct.2013]

Claire is actually a five-piece band from Munich. On their five-track debut EP, Broken Promise Land, they nail the clinical yet hook-filled synthpop sound of the early, pre-digital 1980s. Thick analog sounds pulse and ripple on cue, augmented by bits of trebly guitar and just a hint of modern-day 4/4 dance music. There are two modes here. The title track and “Pioneers”, for example, are brooding mid-tempo numbers. It’s no surprise Giorgio Morodor has remixed the former. Meanwhile, “Invincible” and single “Games” are bright and uptempo. Josie-Claire Bürkle’s sexy/vulnerable add a eurodisco cool that suggests Icona Pop without the camp. Sharp, catchy, and accomplished, Broken Promise Land whets the appetite for Claire’s full-length album, which is scheduled to hit North America in 2014.

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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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