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Jennifer Touch

Jennifer Touch

City: Berlin
Country: Germany
Genre: Indie
Styles: Dark Synthpop, Dark Wave, Post-Punk, Ebm, Electronic
on hashbrandnew.com since November 24, 2022

Selected Reviews and Comments

“Unique and compelling” Consequence of Sound   “Irresistible” High Snobiety    “raw, crushing beats underpin grand portentous chords” MOJO

 “Touch effortlessly weaves her influences amid the cold thuds you’d associate with the clubs of Germany” Loud & Quiet

Berlin artist Jennifer Touch returns with her second album ‘Midnight Proposals,’ set for release via Fat Cat Recordings 18th February. Out today, industrial and minimalist second single ‘Gudrun’ was named of Touch’s grandma, a child of war who was forced to abandon many dreams. Touch had this to say on it:

"My grandma Gudrun's parents were given a piece of land after the 2nd world war, and her father built the house she is still living in today at nearly 90. After a happy childhood her parents died young from diseases, and she was all alone in this sanctuary/cage, controlled by society's rules. I have this image of her as a young women, escaping this tiny house in the dead of night and seeking a freedom she’d never felt before. Before she knew it, her window of opportunity was gone” Jennifer Touch

Touch was reading ‘Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck when she started to work on Midnight Proposals.' “The whole settlers movement touched me, and I really felt like a cowboy whilst writing and recording these songs,” she explains. It reminded her of her great grandparent’s story, and the house they built in the 30s that was her sanctuary as a child. “As cosy as it was, I always yearned for somewhere else, to find myself and my own place to settle.” Full of hope and mystery, ‘Midnight Proposals’ is a selection of songs that both celebrate and question the romance of this illusion, documenting a very human desire to search for our people and our safe place. For a reinvigorated Touch, it marks the next stop of a journey both artistically and sonically. “These are my dark proposals to the world,” she proclaims. “So come and join me around the fire!”

Unlike biographical debut album ‘Behind the Wall’ which took years to pen, ‘Midnight Proposals’ was written in an explosion of energy and creativity and completed in just 4 months. Touch spent a few weeks prior sorting her set-up from her Berlin studio and gathering the tools she needed to complete the record. “I didn’t know what was going to happen, I just said to the universe: hey, I’m here and I’m your vessel. It was a like a trip or something and I really don’t remember the process, but I love every song on it.”

Touch’s 2020 debut ‘Behind the Wall’ was a coming-of-age record of sorts, dripping with cold sensuality and delivered with a visceral post-punk snarl. In contrast, ‘Midnight Proposals’ feels free from the shackles of adolescence, and places her amongst dark wave electronica’s elite, rubbing sonic shoulders with PJ Harvey, Tempers and Depeche Mode. She calls it Post-Wave-Cold-Pop-Acid-Romance. It’s an intriguing and assured record from an artist on a journey, not afraid to share the intimate details on route to her destination, and wherever that may be.

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