When Me and My Drummer burst on the music scene in 2012, they became one of Central Europe’s biggest buzz bands. Their singles “You’re a Runner” and “Don’t Be So Hot” went viral online with several artists remixing the tracks. Their debut album, The Hawk, the Beak, the Prey, was well received in their home country and elsewhere. Their power-pop had some calling them Europe’s next great power-pop duo, but the prognostications didn’t quite come to fruition. With the release of their sophomore album, Love Is A Fridge, around the corner, these predictions could come true.
From Cat Power to The Raveonettes to even ’80s and ’90s icons Roxette, Me and My Drummer channel some of the most influential artists in contemporary pop music. In many ways, it could be considered a brief history in pop music. But not only that, it is a demonstration of the duo’s versatility and talent to create various sounds instead of focusing on a single arrangement. While some bands may falter by expanding their musical palettes, Me and My Drummer seem to excel, as the album strengthens with each song.
With “Lancelot” and “Tie Me Bananas”, the band focuses on contemporary synth-pop, immersing us with Matze Pröllochs’ subtle beats and waves to soothe us while Charlotte Brandi’s tantalizes. In the more cinematic tracks, like the stunning “Blue Splinter View” and “Easy On Me”, where the band’s creativity really shine. The former is a combination of a folk-pop and spaghetti western while the latter is a percussion-driven pop tune that would make The Dodos proud.
The album’s two stars, though, lie in its center. “Pentonville Road” is a breathtaking, chilling number that has you hanging on to every single word uttered by Brandi while Pröllochs’ soaring production creates the dramatic scene. It’s one of those songs that will leave you in a trance long after the song ends. “Prague I & II” follows. This epic track gracefully moves between different tempos, melodies, and rhythms to weave a whirlwind of emotions through its nearly six minutes. But it is during the final 90 seconds where the song truly soars, as the track becomes a gorgeous ’70s-inspired pop tune a la Dusty Springfield.
Love Is A Fridge is nostalgic yet contemporary. Some might even hear ABBA and Ace of Base. Others will perceive Phantogram and even CHVRCHES. This is just a demonstration of the masterful job that Me and My Drummer have done with their latest record. It’s an album that feels timeless; an album that a few generations of music fans will enjoy and appreciate. It just might be the album that see Brandi and Pröllochs achieve the international stardom predicted for them years ago.
Love Is A Fridge will be released on Friday, February 12th via Sinnbus Records.