Although their first album was highly original and any follow up to it would need to morph significantly to continue to qualify as “original” and it would need to be considered a “progression” upon earlier work – in Meditation and Violence Das Fluff have achieved both.
Dawn Lintern performs live with ironic melodrama via an eternally corrupting elegance. Her statuesque figure carving the air, suddenly desperation floods with neurotic charm and she is slithering into the audience. She is perfectly offset by the powerful and inventive lead guitar of Steve May. Their show has toured to Japan and we now have Tokyo Daisuki. Something new electric and alive.
The second album surged into reality like a spring tide – most of the songs for the second album have been introduced and gradually took over Das Fluff outings over the past year. Second albums are traditionally tricky beasts but this album is a strong and coherent collection.
The searing intensity of Dawn Lintern’s voice mix at times desperately angered and then forceful with almost military angst. She adds gravity and drama to lyrics that focus on the existential darker side of love and coping with the self. It plays with feelings like shocking private thoughts. She opens the album with Rage and immediately you feel the sound engineering gives this recording a fine clarity.
Drop Break Slip Crash – the idea of “I wake up; I did not know what day it was.” reveals an inner anarchy but resolves into some kind of ordered mayhem. There are consequences in this sequence as made even more frank in You Lied. This one feels a little less resonant but it fits.
It all returns alive and threatening in the thumping delight 100% – have heard it live many times but this mix felt – eponymous, so to speak. Great performance, too.
It is perfect as a foil and introduction to what may be the heart of this record. Insomniac feels as wretchedly heartfelt as the condition. Her voice is dirty Hollowood metro sexually grinding against a cycle of grand virtual mechanisms in complex sound.
Next is Disconnect. Dawn Lintern’s range is explored and we are falling into the reality of this record. It feels like a fair ground wonderland freak show has taken over.
Outstanding Tokyo Daisuki written while Das Fluff were touring that part of the world has a definite sense of being a part of the whirring roundabout. Very dance number.
Life is Sweet – appears to be a conversation with inner needs of addiction resolved via the serenity principle. Superb chorus.
Never Too Much – a searing thumping anthem of declaiming severity demanding affection “Give me your life, adore me adore me.”
Steve May is outstanding and outsells himself on the outro to Moonsong mediated perfectly by Lintern’s London inflected voice. Again, it is demanding, pleading, and fragile. One of the most beautiful closing tracks closes this album.
Their first album was a breath of fresh air in a dance oriented form, electronic music is rarely this engaging. This album is all that, plus 100% progress.