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Lali Puna Recommends...

The German synth pop dreamers are back exploring electronic progress and art

Valerie Trebeljahr and Markus Acher have been together as Lali Puna for over a decade and although it’s been six years since their last record - the ethereal indie electronica of Faking The Books - 2010 marks a welcome return for the blissed out duo. The meticulous yet dreamy electronics of the German band are still laced by Trebeljahr’s understated, synth pop vocals, with the new album, Our Inventions delving deeper into their relationship between electronic progress and art. “In the 60s and 70s everybody was so enthusiastic about the future,” explains Trebeljahr. “Today, we’ve lost a lot of illusions. I’m no technical-nerd, nor technical-enemy but technical obsession is a part of making music. However I think you have to get over programs like Logic or Cubase, don’t let them dictate your style.”

 Can you recommend... 

... three new bands?
Freschard, Bibio and Gonjasufi. 

... three old bands?
Stereolab, Kraftwerk and Nina Simone. 

... a record label?
Morr Music, it’s our home base, so this is not objective. But they are really special in these times. 

... a film?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s not very witty to choose this film but I am honest and I love everything about it. The 60s, Audrey Hepburn and its kitschy end.

... a website?
www.naginoda.comNagi Noda is a japanese pop artist, she made truly great videos and other art. It’s a great loss that she died in 2008.

... a book?
Jonathan Franzen: The Corrections. In fact everything by Franzen. He didn’t write too much, so I am waiting for a new book. 

... something on YouTube?
Pipilotti Rist, Ever Is Over All. You should watch it on a big screen but until then you can watch it on YouTube. 

... a radio show?
I live in Germany, so these are German programs - on the net and Zündfunk in the car or the kitchen. I love to hear the radio while driving. 

... something to do on a day off?
Have breakfast in a cafe. Read the paper. Go swimming in a lake. Meet with friends. Go to the cinema...

... a song everyone should hear?
Low, Will The Night.