Now approaching their fourteenth year as KRAKÓW LOVES ADANA, Deniz Cicek and Robert Heitmann have long been Germany’s best kept music secret. Their mix of dark-pop, indie rock, and krautorock would have been considered revolutionary if the year was 1975 and they were performing in one of Berlin’s underground clubs. Their exceptional 2017 album, Call Yourself New, made the melancholic exhilarating, as they examined the perils faced by various characters. 2018’s brilliantly brooding Songs After the Blue, meanwhile, was a study of the changing world and how things have turned upside down.

For the duo to be heard, they created their own label, Better Call Rob, but a year ago another label finally signed them. Specifically, Italians Do It Better, the company co-founded by Chromatics’ Johnny Jewel, have given them a chance to shake the label of hidden gem. Their newest single should hopefully be the start of an unforgettable adventure.

“Young Again” personifies KRAKÓW LOVES ADANA’s sensational art. Like a Dali painting, it is numerous conflicting parts. It is dark and stunning, dramatic and thrilling, melancholic yet bold. The dark, spatial synths and beats combine with Heitmann’s dissonant guitar to create a soundscape that feels like the anthem for lonely souls. Cicek’s words mirror this feeling, as she confronts time and how it deteriorates the places we know, our relationships, and our memories. The song couldn’t be more timely, as time may indeed be running out.

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