UNTER ANDEREN BEDINGUNGEN ALS LIEBE
ALBUM KITTY-YO RELEASE: APRIL 30, 1999 REVIEW: JULY 22, 1999
First of all, nobody should be afraid of Laub because of the German lyrics.
Vocalist Antye Greie-Fuchs uses the language in the same convincing way as
Blixa Bargeld, meaning a poetic and beautiful one. Her half spoken,
untraditional way of singing reminds me of Björk, and put together with the
accompanying trip hop/drum'n'bass-sound, more than a little of, similarly
named band, Lamb.
The music is very minimalistic, more so than most of the post rock-bands
with which Laub is grouped together. And the vocals are clearly the main
component in it. All in all this makes Laub sound more original than many
other bands in this new German wave of electronica.
Sometimes the minimalism becomes a bit numbing. You're walking through these
ruins of beats with the cold synthesizer bleeps blowing in your face. Somewhere there should be a proper house with a cosy fire and a cup of
steaming tea, somewhere to rest for a while on the journey.
They're good looking ruins, though. And those synth bleeps are just the
thing to cool you down on a hot summer's day.