It’s been six years since Lali Puna’s last release, 2004’s Faking The Books, but these Weilheim, Germany experimental electronic artists have been dabbling in a surrealistic blend of electronica, indie and pop since their 1999 debut Tridecoder.
Steering away from the more guitar-driven Faking The Books and turning more towards the bubbly electro-pop of The Postal Service and the crisp, playful electro of Computer World-era Kraftwerk, Lali Puna’s Our Inventions mesmerizes with wonderfully layered and intricately constructed electronic sound manipulations that are tastefully crafted into experimental pop songs. With warm synth tones, squelchy sonic textures and reserved, synth-pop rhythms, the songs are both soothing and atmospheric while being playful and entertaining.
But it’s Valerie Trebeljahr’s, dreamy and seductive vocals that push these tunes to the top. Her purring voice smooths away any of the coarseness from the scratchy electronic percussion, and coupled with the subtle, aerial undercurrents that bubble up to the surface, each track is dynamic and complex while being meditative and hypnotic.
The only downside to Our Inventions is that it is too short, clocking in at just over 38 minutes. But that’s countered by the bonus final track “Out There” featuring Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Yukihiro Takahashi, an alternate version of a song that appeared on his 2009 album Page By Page.
Recommended If You Like (RIYL): Mum, Ms. John Soda, Kraftwerk, The Postal Service, The Notwist