After 7 years of chart topping hits covering an array of genres, Pleasurekraft have released their debut album ‘Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations’.
Whether treading into electronica with the album’s existential bookends; ‘Interiors’ and ‘Last Transmission’, or flexing big-room techno muscles on ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ & ‘Rigel’, there is an indelible fingerprint throughout the 11 tracks that merits continuous listens to reveal its multi-layer depth.
Filled with cinematic and cosmological references throughout, what makes ‘Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations’ truly unique is that it is not merely music for a clubbing experience, but something more, something akin to a musical mission statement; To prove that there is more to dance music than just a 4/4 beat, cliche drug references, and party themed vocals.
From Casey Gerald’s thought-provoking sermon on ‘G.O.D. (Gospel of Doubt)’, to the searingly cynical ‘Corpse Reviver Number 1’, this debut album is wholly visceral on a musical and thematic level.
Having established a firm reputation for creating standout productions since the release of the now iconic ‘Tarantula’, Pleasurekraft’s musical evolution has moved towards a much tougher, atmospheric blend of melodic techno in recent years, comprised of big room drums, soaring breaks, and smart, unpredictable vocals.
This self-dubbed “cosmic techno” sound has garnered support from a range of techno heavyweights, including Adam Beyer, Carl Cox, Nicole Moudaber & many more.
While ‘Friends, Lovers, & Other Constellations’ is certainly dressed in full techno regalia, its pulsing heart yearns toward a greater understanding of the Cosmos, and humanity’s place within it.