Junksista - American Love Story
Electro, Futurepop You might be cocking your head slightly when listening to Junksista's latest mini-album American Love Story. Wherein Diana and Boog usually jam pack their songs with sexual and dirty lyrics and overtones, their latest album is one of their most mature productions to date. That does not mean that the quality of music has gone away at all; Junksista is still performing great music that will get your feet moving on the dancefloor. It's just that American Love Story isn't just another standard album; it's a soundtrack. 

Award-winning director Timur Örge had in mind a certain sound for his film and approached Junksista with a deadline of six hours. Thanks to their quick action and fast thinking, Boog and Diana created the song 'Gift' for Örge. In doing so, they both beat the deadline and won the heart of Örge who then proceeded to postpone the release of his short horror film (which is also named American Love Story) just to have Junksista write out the whole soundtrack. For the twenty-five minute film, Junksista wrote out seven songs, which then got released by Alfa-Matrix with six remixes attached. 


This EP was originally teased with 'Trust No Bitch'. As such, this is the first song on the album; again, this is Junksista more mature, and much darker than usual. While I always get a humorous vibe from them, I feel as if this album tackles personal troubles stemming from Boog and Diana's core. It's nice to see that though their lighthearted side has shown on every single release up until now, they can also take the time to let their music be an escape for their emotional side. 

Some of my favorite songs on the album included 'Gift', as I always enjoy hearing Diana sing in her native German tongue and the beat took a rather industrial-club sound; the more atmospheric and tense 'Ain't Good For Me', and, of course, the song that first teased the album 'Trust No Bitch' as it completely sets the mood for the audience and lets them know they're dealing with a new side of Junksista. 

Out of all the remixes on the album, I most appreciated Acylum's remix of 'Trust No Bitch'. While I enjoyed the other five remixes, none of them attempted to fit on a horror movie soundtrack. Acylum, whether or not it was just because they were using their natural sound or knew the album to be a work of ominous events, fit the mold extremely nicely with their remix. Creepy violins, constant evil sounding cinematic synths, and Diana's darkened chords all made this remix a favorite of mine. 

Perhaps some fans of Junksista will be turned off by American Love Story for the pure fact that it doesn't really sound like a Junksista album. Diana's vocals are still lovely, but the beats and rhythms are more sinister than ever before. Rather than being standard electro, they aimed for a dark electro sound and the result to myself is phenomenal. I'd like to see them explore this a little bit more on future releases just to see what they can come up with. 

However, until then, I applaud American Love Story with a passion. If you would like to view the short film that the soundtrack is on, you can stream it below: 


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Brutal Resonance

Junksista - American Love Story

8.0
"Great"
N/A
Electroracle
Released 2016 by Alfa-Matrix
You might be cocking your head slightly when listening to Junksista's latest mini-album American Love Story. Wherein Diana and Boog usually jam pack their songs with sexual and dirty lyrics and overtones, their latest album is one of their most mature productions to date. That does not mean that the quality of music has gone away at all; Junksista is still performing great music that will get your feet moving on the dancefloor. It's just that American Love Story isn't just another standard album; it's a soundtrack. 

Award-winning director Timur Örge had in mind a certain sound for his film and approached Junksista with a deadline of six hours. Thanks to their quick action and fast thinking, Boog and Diana created the song 'Gift' for Örge. In doing so, they both beat the deadline and won the heart of Örge who then proceeded to postpone the release of his short horror film (which is also named American Love Story) just to have Junksista write out the whole soundtrack. For the twenty-five minute film, Junksista wrote out seven songs, which then got released by Alfa-Matrix with six remixes attached. 


This EP was originally teased with 'Trust No Bitch'. As such, this is the first song on the album; again, this is Junksista more mature, and much darker than usual. While I always get a humorous vibe from them, I feel as if this album tackles personal troubles stemming from Boog and Diana's core. It's nice to see that though their lighthearted side has shown on every single release up until now, they can also take the time to let their music be an escape for their emotional side. 

Some of my favorite songs on the album included 'Gift', as I always enjoy hearing Diana sing in her native German tongue and the beat took a rather industrial-club sound; the more atmospheric and tense 'Ain't Good For Me', and, of course, the song that first teased the album 'Trust No Bitch' as it completely sets the mood for the audience and lets them know they're dealing with a new side of Junksista. 

Out of all the remixes on the album, I most appreciated Acylum's remix of 'Trust No Bitch'. While I enjoyed the other five remixes, none of them attempted to fit on a horror movie soundtrack. Acylum, whether or not it was just because they were using their natural sound or knew the album to be a work of ominous events, fit the mold extremely nicely with their remix. Creepy violins, constant evil sounding cinematic synths, and Diana's darkened chords all made this remix a favorite of mine. 

Perhaps some fans of Junksista will be turned off by American Love Story for the pure fact that it doesn't really sound like a Junksista album. Diana's vocals are still lovely, but the beats and rhythms are more sinister than ever before. Rather than being standard electro, they aimed for a dark electro sound and the result to myself is phenomenal. I'd like to see them explore this a little bit more on future releases just to see what they can come up with. 

However, until then, I applaud American Love Story with a passion. If you would like to view the short film that the soundtrack is on, you can stream it below: 


Mar 24 2016

Steven Gullotta

info@brutalresonance.com
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.

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