Idealism by Digitalism


If Idealism were a food, it would have been credited with going for a radical fusion of various traditions and textures from a cuisine, with a singular missing ingredient: emotion. Put simply, I appreciate the fact that Digitalism have gone in for a predominantly electronic template to script their music, but over the course of over a dozen tracks it becomes apparent that this German outfit are merely turning in the wind with little to no substantial results.


#1. Magnets 3:50
#2. Zdarlight 5:41
#3. I Want I Want 3:29
#4. Idealistic 4:11
#5. Digitalism in Cairo 4:49
#6. Departure from Cairo 0:54
#7. Pogo 3:46
#8. Moonlight 2:52
#9. Anything New 4:59
#10. The Pulse 4:19
#11. Home Zone 2:09
#12. Apollo-Gize 2:20
#13. Jupiter Approach 1:13
#14. Jupiter Room 5:03
#15. Echoes 3:39
Downloadable Bonus Tracks:
#16. Jupiter Room (Planetary Lobby Version)
#17. Austrasto
#18. Playground
#19. TV TV
#20. Jet Set
#21. Rock the Pressure
#22. Saw You in 2 Pieces


Jens Moelle: Vocals, Producer, Drawings
Ismail Tüfekçi: Producer
Åbäke: Design
Heiko Prigge: Photography


Jens Moelle
?smail Tüfekçi


9th May, 2007


Let’s fixate on the positives first up, for it’s inevitable that such an album will yet have a few redeeming tracks at worst. On Idealism, they would be the opener Magnets and the closer Echoes. The former will set the stall higher than most other tracks below would ever reach, until the latter does so, too bad the 53:05 playthrough is over by then.


A shoutout as well, to a couple of other deserved candidates in Departure From Cairo and Jupiter Approach; all which amounts to a decent compilation of good songs until you realize that these two are merely interludes. Pogo at #7 is a well disguised rock tune masked by several heavy layers of electronica – if you can grasp the underbelly of that one, you’ll like it. But for the most part, this musical hybrid refuses to comply with efficient song-writing. Track after track goes by without leaving much of an impression, and the skip button may come in handy if you choose to listen to this album on loop.


The flaw I guess, lies in stretching the electronic concept to an untenable extreme, almost to a point where it seems like a robot composer has come out with these jingles. Sure, it sounds different – but never in an innovative fashion, not in the slightest. I’d as well proceed to argue that there is a reason why more records like these haven’t been created in the mainstream, this isn’t quite music to human ears. Just a whole lot of cleverly placed elevator noises.


Play this out at a party, and it might sound relatively different to your usual fare, but I doubt anyone will stop to ask you what it’s about. For sure, it’s encouraging that they’ve tried off the bat to distance themselves from the rest of the jockeying crowd, but they might have gone too far in the process. Three stars for trying, and for the couple of inevitably good tracks on offer.





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