With the Germanic vocals of Stefan Ackermann set to the electronic sounds of Bruno Kramm and Daniel Galda, Das Ich
continues to reach out to an ever-growing audience with a diverse range of atmospheric textures since their album, Die Propheten (which sold more than thirty thousand copies when first released in Germany in 1981) was reissued in the United States in 1997. Since the mid-1990s, Das Ich has increasingly focused on building a following in North America and the group has switched to a more danceable, up-tempo style. Das Ich brings together three musicians with very different roots, yet all found common ground working together to seamlessly blend industrial and post-industrial sensibilities with a hard edged dance styles.
Minimal electro with rock and psychedelic elements meets apocalyptic lyrics. After the minimalist debut "10 Grad vor OT"
, the cynical successor "Erde ruft"
(2009), the bizarre "Stiller Zoo"
and the obscure "Desiderat"
, the fifth album of the Hamburg band Oberer Totpunkt
follows in 2017 with "Neurosen blossom"
: Musically more aggressive than its predecessors, but just as merciless and accurate in its word world.
While the music is based on Minimal Electro, recitals of the apocalyptic lyrics of the frontwoman Bettina Bormann take the place of vocals. Oberer Totpunkt is marketed by her label Danse Macabre as a representative of the New German Death Art, which is also considered by music journalists as an influencing factor Influences include avant-garde, EBM and rock elements. In addition to electronic, the band also uses acoustic instruments.