Many dreams of the German musician folk usually fall flat at the starting line, if you wereto look at how most fair against their other countrymen in history. You have that metalwall of Rammstein that sticks in front of most onlookers living outside of their borders, ohand there’s Kraftwerk. Who would have imagined a mainstream global success story fortwo young, German men from a fairly small industrial town named Kassel having a heftynumber of Australians 14,000 km’s away booking tickets to see them perform live everytime they come to town. It’s a story of two unlikely lads, but it’s also one of two incrediblytalented lads that created something different that separates them from any otherpopular artists you know.
Milky Chance are Philipp Dausch and Clemens Rehbein. They met at school, growing-uplistening to Bob Marley, Hendrix & Red Hot Chilli Peppers to name but a few. Getting togetherto make music in the early days was less about plotting global success, it was insteadmore about having fun. One of their first songs, however, quickly changed things - It wasStolen Dance. More specifically it was a unique sounding folktronica song that spannedacross most commercial & alternative radio playlists across the globe. That momentthey uploaded it to Youtube was about 6 yrs ago, but the fact it’s one of the mostShazamed songs of all time tells you all you need to know.
Like a Darwinian success story, Milky Chance quickly adapted to their new foundsurroundings & pulled together an album & was touring the world within months. Thatdebut album, Sadnecessary, that boasts other successful singles Down By The River &Flashed Junk Mind, went on to become a multi-platinum record in various countries thatsaw this German duo play on US late night shows like Fallon, Kimmel & O’Brien and garnerevery major worldwide press outlet that had an interest in music.
Fast-forward a few years to 2017 & the band launched their second album Blossom. Thisalbum faced the oh-so-common question of whether to keep to what brought success ordevelop into something that changed with the winds of the current chart trends. Theband chose to hold strong to what made them so popular, but adding far more layers inquality learned on the road. Lead singles Cocoon & Doing Good embodied their approach& it was a hugely successful album, amassing hundreds of millions of plays acrossstreaming platforms, and more Gold & Platinum records came tumbling in worldwide,and they went on to play to 241 shows across 41 countries .
After the success of Sadnecessary and Blossom, their third album Mind the Moon is nothingless than the distillation of their songwriting spirit. While they started off with a smooth,minimalist sound, their second album added distinguished layers that any muso could
appreciate. Mind the Moon succeeds in embodying this paradox and sees Dausch andRehbein achieve the transition from a fairytale pop phenomenon to the truly giftedsongwriters that they’ve always been. The new tracks are an easy listen with catchymelodies and a laid-back vibe – but there is depth that hooks the listener beyond the firstimpression.How much depth can a light-hearted pop song actually have? “Mind theMoon” gives you the answer. Like its forerunner “Blossom,” the album was produced withTobias Kuhn.
Where do Milky Chance fit in the future, you may ask, as they embark on Album no.3. Theanswer is fairly simple; This album will see them continue to be a singular proposition ina world fall of “The Next (insert name here).” If that all sounds a bit grandiose, just listento new song The Game for evidence. The track epitomizes this sound, with a unique andself-evident blend of reggae, chillout and rock. The sounds come together so naturally, asif it’s never been any other way. A look at the featured artists on the album alone givesyou an idea of the breadth of genres it encompasses. The track “Fallen” was written inLondon with the British artist Elderbrook, and pop-gospel fusion track “Eden’s House”features the South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo – a group Dausch andRehbein have admired since their school years.
Their collaboration with Tash Sultana was no less of a dream come true. TheAustralian-Maltese singer-songwriter is currently causing a major stir in the world ofmusic, and her vocals on the first single Daydreaming add a truly unique element to theMilky Chance sound. And last but not least, there’s Témé Tan , a Belgian artist withCongolese roots. Both Témé Tan and Tash Sultana have previously shared line-ups withMilky Chance on tour, and can now be heard performing on their latest album. Rush,recorded with Témé Tan, will also feature on the album.Dausch and Rehbein split the recording between their own studio – which they built anddecked out in Kassel, so they could focus on the music, far from all the hype – andstudios around the world. The recording sessions took place in locations ranging fromAustralia to Italy to Norway. The latter was situated right by the water, just a few metersfrom the nearest fjord. The ever-present ocean is a constant theme that runs through thenew album, reflected in lyrics like “Thoughts just keep on drowning in my blue mind” (Rush)and “The sea is on the low tide/trouble on the inside” (Oh Mama), and even in the title of thealbum itself, which venerates the moon and its incredible power to control the tie. Amysterious, ever-present force that is as distant as it is close by.