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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"Perfekte Welle"

Juli - Perfekte Welle (2004)

Foreign language song while inebriated and at the last minute!

So let's deal with the elephant in the room. I don't speak German. The translation makes it seem like this song is just about the perfect wave while surfing. No hidden meaning about a relationship or betrayal or waiting too long to pull the trigger. Literally a song about finding yourself on your surfboard at the perfect wave on the perfect day.

It's a perfect length pop song. Nothing drags, nothing seems added just so that they could say they added it, like a weird instrument or time signature change. Very straightforward. Two guitarist, a bass player, a drummer and the lead singer. The song was written by one of the guitarist and the bassist. That being said, the intro under the seagull sound sounds like we are going to have a New wave kind of thing with keyboard, but then that disappears and we don't hear it again until the break at 2:00. For the rest of the song we get a straight rock beat, with simple bass lines, and rock guitars. The coolest part of the song is the lead singer being used as her own backing vocals. I like the effect at 1:41 where she sings a call and response with herself and they give the response an echo. Otherwise it's a very simple song. I'm glad I heard it, but I don't really feel like it deserves to be labeled as one of the 1001 songs I must hear.

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