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Camouflage regains their spunk on their new single “Shine”

22 February 2015 No Comment
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CAMOUFLAGE-Interview-2006For those that listen to our radio station, they know of our fondness for early (but post Vince Clarke era) Depeche Mode. Sadly, we have not felt grabbed by the material post the “Songs of faith and devotion” album by Depeche Mode. That album was released around 22 years ago – which feels like a lifetime. In an interview a few years ago, the band’s lead singer Dave Gahan was fairly open about the fact that he found the template of pop music incredibly restrictive and that it was at odds with the experimentation element that he believed lay at the heart of Depeche Mode’s creative drive. Hence, he cannot be faulted for the fact that Depeche Mode has rarely given us a hook-laden single since “Songs of faith and devotion” – and they have had quite a few albums since. In fact, their last album “Delta Machine” almost sounded like a deliberate effort at NOT having memorable melodic hooks. Consequently, the band has not had a hit single in ages. I am sure we are not the only ones who wish Depeche Mode would release something that is reminiscent of songs from the “Music from the Masses” or “Violator” era. Fortunately, we stumbled on something new with a sound that is stylistically very similar to that chapter of Depeche Mode’s career. Its source is a surprising one. It is from German synth-pop band Camouflage.

Camouflage rose to popularity in 1987 with their hit single “The Great Commandment”. This song paved the way for a brief flirtation with North American success for the band. Unfortunately, they were unable to sustain the same level of success past their first album in the US. They seem to have had better luck in Europe and parts of Latin America. Their tenacity is exemplary despite some significant hurdles over the years. Their commitment to making music even in the face of adversity has allowed them to build a body of material that has given them a loyal fanbase that spans all corners of the globe.

Their new single “Shine” is the lead single of their first album in almost 9 years (8th album overall) titled “Greyscale”. It is an up-tempo track which opens with a sparse electronic beat. The sonic layering progresses with the song and builds up to the infectious “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh….shine from the inside!”.  Catchy and instant choruses are quite rare these days but it looks like this synth-pop trio of yesteryear has not lost the ability to churn out a great hook-laden chorus. More importantly, Camouflage reminds us that bands that emerged in the 80s do not lose their ability to write great songs even if they do experience creative lulls. Here is a full-length video clip of Camouflage’s “Shine”.

 

It appears that the album “Greyscale” has its share of promising moments as revealed by the album preview below:

 


 

The album is slated for release in March of this year. We are definitely interested in seeing what this trio from Germany has to offer thirty years since their formation.

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