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ARTIST
TITLE
Lovestoned
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SVT 050CD SVT 050CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/12/2010

On the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Großstadtmärchen (SVT 037CD), Berlin's Oliver Koletzki has teamed up with singer Fran, the voice of the über-successful single "Hypnotized," to record an 11-track electronic pop album. Fran and Oliver are not merely partners in crime when it comes to music -- they are also "lovestoned," glued together by their mutual love for music and their love for each other. Here are eleven songs about getting to know each other, eleven songs about spending time together, eleven songs about the first kiss, eleven songs about the wonder that is love. Muscially, Lovestoned is a journey through Fran's and Oliver's different influences: from sample-based house to synth-pop, from late '70s glam to late '90s ambient, with some jazz nuggets. The impeccable songwriting, the feeling for the right dose of pop anthems, and Fran's pure voice in English and German elevate the music to a new height. Things get going right away with the summery, '70s-inspired glam-pop track "Lovestoned," a smooth piece with shimmering guitars and funky slap-bass. The journey into happiness continues with the first single release "Arrow And Bow" that plugs '80s pop sounds with synthesizers that cause goosebumps, clap snares that will move heads and toes, and of course, Fran's beautiful voice. On "Echoes," Koletzki's background as a house and techno producer meet with Fran's divine lyrics, some groovy loops and some softly-floating pianos and synthesizers. "3" is a Balearic pop song about the love of one person for another that is not yet mutual. A longing feeling for response underlines the atmosphere of this wonderfully hypnotic track. "I Might" is a melancholic song about the love-blues while "Strandbar Berlin" is as happy as happy goes. Oliver Koletzki has also recorded one purely instrumental track for this album: "Hollywood Boulevard" is a funky piece of thumping, percussive house music. This is Oliver Koletzki for the floor: samples mix with synthesizers and result in a very musical piece of house music. "Kissenschlacht" is the ultimate holiday song, "Fingertips" is an electrified, house-y pop song, "Smile" is a pastiche on DJ culture set in kitschy late '70s disco scenery, and "It's A Pleasure To Meet You" is a funky piece of synth-pop. Lovestoned speaks both in the language of pop and the language of love.