Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Milky Chance - Sadnecessary

I'll admit, I was a bit skeptical about a style of music described as folktronic, but Sadnecessary, the album from Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch, the German duo known as Milky Chance, is full of compelling songs that just make me feel good.  The set up is a laptop loaded with the electronic component and wielded by Philipp, and a guitar (sometimes acoustic, sometimes electric) in the hands of singer/songwriter Clemens. The DJ's grooves are substantial and infectious, and the vocal performances warm and sincere.  Unsurprisingly, I found myself liking some songs better than others; for my ears, Milky Chance's music is best on the songs with a faster tempo.  But fortunately the 14 song set includes many of such nuggets and all of the songs are worthy.  And the contemplative "Loveland" is a treasure.

Of course, the best introduction to the album is the group's solid gold hit, "Stolen Dance".  Enjoy it below and then check out two other strong tracks, "Flashed Junk Mind" and "Down by the River".  Sadnecessary is out now.  If you are an online shopper it is available at Amazon and iTunes.  Milky Chance will be touring North America in 2015.  The dates and venues are at the bottom of this post.


Milky Chance 2015 Tour Dates 
March 20         Dallas, TX                   South Side Music Hall
March 21         Houston, TX                Warehouse Live
March 23           Charlotte, NC             Amos’ Southend
March 24         Raleigh, NC                 Lincoln Theatre
March 25         Washington, D.C.        9:30 Club
March 27         Philadelphia, PA          Trocadero Theatre
March 28         Brooklyn, NY                Music Hall of Williamsburg
March 29         Boston, MA                  House of Blues
March 31         New York, NY              Webster Hall
April 3              Montreal, QC               Metropolis
April 4              Toronto, ONT               Phoenix Concert Theater
April 7              Kansas City, MO          Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
April 14            San Francisco, CA       The Regency Ballroom
April 21            Salt Lake City, UT        The Depot
April 22            Denver, CO                  Ogden Theatre
April 24            Chicago, IL                  The Vic Theatre
April 26            Indianapolis, IN            Deluxe at Old National Center
April 28            Royal Oak, MI              Royal Oak Theatre
April 29            Columbus, OH             Newport Music Hall
April 30            Pittsburgh, PA              Stage AE
May 1              Richmond, VA              National Theatre
May 5              Charleston, SC            Music Farm
May 6              Nashville, TN               The Cannery Ballroom
May 11            Louisville, KY               Headliners Music Hall
May 1              St. Louis, MO              The Pageant
May 14            Milwaukee, WI             Turner Hall Ballroom
May 15            Minneapolis, MN          Mill City Nights
May 17            Winnipeg, MB              Garrick Centre
May 19            Edmonton, AB             Union Hall
May 20            Calgary, AB                  Flames Central
May 22            Vancouver, BC             Commodore Ballroom

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