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ARTIST
TITLE
To Those I Hold Dear
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
NORM 015CD NORM 015CD
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RELEASE DATE
9/13/2005

The second album from the data-pop duo Birgit Lehneis and Paul Heil, aka Electroserge. To Those I Hold Dear follows their successful LP debut Whispertime on Normoton. Once again analogue is blended with digital, melancholy meets ecstasy, and there they are again -- those catchy, repetitious and invigoratingly melodious songs. Guitar and bass pull on passionate indie and post-rock elements, and the influences of artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Dinosaur Jr. and Jim O'Rourke seep through. The digital rhythm section, in contrast, applies minimal house beats and ample clicks & cuts. In the interstices there's still enough room for vocals which mix melody insistently but unobtrusively with text. Their sound is familiar despite this more than modest development, new influences are perfectly set and encoded with the trademark signature of Electroserge. We meet again... in a street car named desire.