Album Title: Berlin
Release Date: March 4, 2008
Genre: Indie
THEKOKOON’s sophomore record Berlin was recorded in the very city it was named after, and is an apt title for the very European-style indie music from THEKOKOON. The new wave and dance influences are also very evident on this disc, which, contrary to popular perception of new wave being a thing of the past, lends itself to a very contemporary feel due to the vocals of Danyx Simone and Dirk Henry.

The songs are energetic and upbeat - cases in point are opening track, “Impressions” and the fun chorus of the second track on Berlin called “We Didn’t Go”. A change of pace is introduced with song 3, “Break Down”, where Simone’s voice is most androgynous: starting off quite feminine and then returning to a deeper male vocal.

While for the most part, the record doesn’t seem dated, there are a few songs, such as “How Do I Work This”, that have an ever so slight resemblance to the 80’s new wave we-hate-to-love and love-to-hate. The album is short too at only 38 minutes in length, and so some may feel like they want to hear a bit more of the band’s capability.

While THEKOKOON may not appeal to every taste, it does seem like the duo are not only bringing back a sound once associated with the late twentieth century to the present day but are trying to make it their own.

Writer: Stephanie Ng Wan

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