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Our Inventions [Digipak] *


  • 1. Rest Your Head
    2. Remember
    3. Everything Is Always
    4. Our Inventions
    5. Move On
    6. Safe Tomorrow
    7. Future Tense
    8. Hostile to Me
    9. That Day
    10. Out There - (featuring Yukihiro Takahashi)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MM098

  • Credits
    Producer
    EngineerOliver Zulch; Christian Hei

    Personnel: Valerie Trebeljahr (vocals, keyboards); Christian Hei, Markus Acher (keyboards); Karl Ivar Refseth (vibraphone, percussion); Christoph Brandner (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Oliver Zlch.
    Recording information: Alien Research Center, Weilheim, Germany (03/2009-10/2009); Portmanteau Studio, Munich, Germany (03/2009-10/2009); Alien Research Center, Weilheim, Germany (11/2009); Portmanteau Studio, Munich, Germany (11/2009).
    Lali Puna's previous album, Faking the Books, was a drastic change for a previously subdued group. Most of its songs featured electric guitars in a prominent role. Some of them, at various points, were loud. On Our Inventions, following a break of six years, guitars go back to supplying texture, while programmed rhythms and synthesizers, with delicately struck vibraphones, rule the album's makeup. Not one of the songs is louder than a lullaby, the ideal setting for Valerie Trebeljahr's vague, charmingly awkward, and clipped lyrics and whispered vocals. There are no real standouts, no (relatively) big hooks as heard on Scary World Theory's "Lowdown"; instead, there is a steady stream of hushed electronic pop songs that is as easy to enjoy as it is to ignore -- and be struck with the thought that, at some point, your mood lifted a bit. On the closing "Out There," Trebeljahr is joined by Yellow Magic Orchestra's Yukiro Takahashi, and the two voices complement one another with such sweetness that a full album of duets sounds like the best next step for both of them. ~ Andy Kellman

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.90) - "[T]he beat-broken 'Move On' and the oscillating breakdown of 'Future Tense' keep things inventive."
    Spin - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he beat-broken 'Move ON' and the oscillating breakdown of 'Future Tense' keep things inventive."
    Pitchfork (Website) - "Valerie Trebeljahr's lyrics are well-turned and unobtrusive; they register and instantly dissolve. Paired with her unornamented vocal style, she blends seamlessly into her surroundings..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.94) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Careful arrangements never smother their songs' soul and Valerie Trebeljahr's woozily forlorn voice is ever affecting..."
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