This band from beautiful Cologne fits perfectly into the current folk revival around bands like Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers. Four boys from the Rhineland carnival stronghold dare to produce handmade rustic music beyond the chic trends.
Of course, a man like Omar Rodriguez-Lopez can't sit still. After his main band The Mars Volta has sunk into a planned three-year studio sleep since "Noctourniquet", he has to put his creativity into the dark indie wave rock of Bosnian Rainbows. With singer and co-conspirator Teri Gender Bender (what a name) he weaves an 80s dark gothic carpet on which wave, punk and exalted singing collide violently and the dark muse of a PJ Harvey meets the conceptual madness of The Mars Volta. Mighty rushing the disc starts with "Eli" somewhere between Dead Can Dance and Siouxsie & The Banshees. "Worthless" is an elaborate artpop piano chart with violent eruptions. Distorted effects like in "The Eye Fell In Love" brush the dance-compatible sound against the grain again and again. In "I Cry For You" the eighties feeling comes up, both in terms of the type of rhythm and the weird harmonies, the exuberant vocals and the New Wave synthiesounds. Ever more oblique effects and harmonious refractions keep the weirdness factor high. This way you can really remember the Eighties in a wonderful way.
Top track: Mother, Father, Set Us Free