Blumfeld

L' Etat Et Moi

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This German trio serves up some gritty and tuneful indie rock, finding a wondrous middle point between the Fall and Pavement, while adding a dash of Wedding Present for good measure. L'Etat et Moi serves a potent mix of those bands, hacking off Pavement's knack for indolence while doing away with the Fall's vitriolic diatribes. Jochen Distelmeyer's are entirely German, but given the unintelligible babble common amongst many indie bands, this makes no difference to those who don't speak the language. Not surprisingly, this record fell off the U.S. indie radar quite quickly. That's a shame, as Blumfeld were just as talented and infectious as any of the top-shelf mid-'90s bands.

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