Sunday, April 5, 2015
Inga Humpe - Planet Oz (1990)
I first encountered the Humpe sisters, Annette and Inga, via the excellent Dustin Wong/Takako Minekawa mix over at Portals (by the way, if you haven't checked out their collaborations out on thrill jockey, do yourself a favor and do so). Apparently, "Yama-Ha" is a pretty well-known track, and what's not to like about two German ladies singing Japanese product names over some pretty inventive pop production?
This album doesn't really fall into the same vein of synth pop - think European club music of the time and you've got a good frame of reference. When that house beat isn't pounding (and even when it is), there's some lovely double-tracked harmonies and plenty of production ear-candy. I wish the rest of the album sounded like "Cowboy Song," but what you end up getting is pretty good too.