Saturday, November 30, 2013
Freur - Doot-Doot
Side one opens with the title track. "Doot-Doot", as the first single, charted at number 59 in the UK and number 24 in Germany. It opens with a slow blend of synth and guitars that just washes over you. Hyde's vocals on the verses are hypnotic, punctuated by the minimalist chorus of the song title.
The B-side to the first single was "Runaway". The gentle saxophone solo (by Andy Sheppard) is followed by a lightly accompanied vocal; the whole story about slowly succumbing to feelings of love builds to a dramatic ending.
"Riders in the Night", the third single, moves from a movie score like opening into a more urgent mid-tempo beat. This one definitely brings to mind the other early 80's British synth-pop dance bands.
Pino Pallandino is a guest on "Theme from the Film of the Same Name", playing the fretless bass. The whole piece has a dark, moody texture to it.
"Tender Surrender" closes out the first half of the record.
Side two starts with "Matters of the Heart"; it also happened to be released as the second single. The layering technique on the vocals for this one is pretty cool; along with the music it creates an intriguing listening experience.
"My Room" features an interesting blend of synths and guitar as well. This one has a creepy, stalker vibe to it as a guy invites a lady back to his place.
"Whispering" is a slower, softer number that really forces you to listen closely. It makes for a very intimate experience.
"Steam Machine" is another dark and quirky number. The synths give life to a hissing contraption.
The album ends with "All Too Much", a song about reaching a breaking point in life. I like the way they use various audio, sped up and slowed down, to further illustrate the total breakdown.
I don't know why but back in the early 80's I thought Freur was a German band; maybe it was due to them being so popular in Germany. I was familiar with the title track, but the rest of Doot-Doot had not completely fallen into my radar. A few years ago, I was listening to Chris Cordani's Revenge of the 80s podcast and heard another track by the band. That motivated me to see them out again after almost three decades. The singles and "Runaway" soon found a home in my music library.