Layers of nostalgic synths interweave around funky guitar lines and hard-hitting drum machines in Jakarta-based duo Camlann’s latest offering ‘Midnight Euphoria’ – The first single from their upcoming album ‘Train to 86th Street’. The song marks the start of their reimagined image and sound, as they carve their path as a two-piece following the departure of their bassist Bayu Triyudanto.
On the inspiration for the new sound, musician Fauzan Pratama explains: ‘After the release of our second album ‘Circa 1983’, Ony and I have been listening to a lot of classic disco and funk from the late 70’s such as Bee Gees, ABBA, Donna Summer and Prince, as well as several late 70’s-early 80’s alternative and electronic artists like Kraftwerk, Saâda Bonaire, YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA, and Marianne Faithfull’s 1979 album, “Broken English”.
Beyond the compass of any one rigid genre, the result is a Dark Disco, Dark Pop, Alternative and Dark Funk infusion in the vein of artists Dlina Volny, St Vincent, Roísin Murphy, Saâda Bonaire, and Echoberyl.
The visual evolution has been just as dramatic, led by singer Ony Godfrey’s love for the high fashion/haute couture world, and especially vintage 70’s-early 90’s high fashion and designer brands like vintage Chanel, YSL, Halston, and Dior. She continues “I discovered the designer Thierry Mugler and I watched a lot of his 90’s fashion shows, which sparked a sudden urge on making Camlann’s visual and aesthetic to have the mysterious, daring, elegant, but bold elements that Mugler had on his designs with the vibes that he had on his 90’s haute couture shows. If Ojan (Fauzan) wants to reinvent the sound, why not reinvent the visual and the aesthetic too?”
Mixed by Czech producer David Novotny, the release also comes with an energetic remix from french darkwave duo Echoberyl, which will be available only on Bandcamp (January, 21st 2022). With their album due for release in June 2022, the year ahead is an exciting one for this cryptic duo’s new chapter.