Kunstler Treu

My Sketchbook of Whack

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If Beck was a much darker soul, he would probably make music similar to Kunstler Treu. My Sketchbook of Whack is a combination of mutated '60s Europop, jazzy drum'n'bass exercises, guitar-driven sound collages, and mean-spirited instrumentals. What makes this recording all the more unique is the way Treu manages to keep everything together. The sensual, brooding pop of "Low on Sugar" fits perfectly next to the creepy cut-and-paste jazz of "Uriella." And despite some slow moments, there is little fat on the album, making it a solid listen throughout. Treu may have to concentrate on crafting songs that are a tad bit more memorable, but this is a rock-solid solo effort that features some of the most unique electronic pop to be committed to record.

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