Stefanie Schrank is a visual artist and bass player of the band Locas In Love from Cologne. Her first solo album is called ‘Unter der Haut eine überhitzte Fabrik’ and sounds accordingly: like something bubbling underneath the surface, like machines working along until overheating, and like hidden secrets.
Her synth sounds have a super-concrete clarity while simultaneously being frantic, ecstatic and dreamy against the slow tempi of enraptured disco beats. Into this sonic landscape, Stefanie inserts lyrics full of surreal and surrealistic moments and presents a very personal and intimate analysis of the future, bodies, neoliberalism, patriarchy, and depression. The abyss, humour and levity aren't mutually exclusive in this strange incarnation of pop. Sometimes cool, sometimes exuberant, the songs stay surprising throughout, they will work towards a huge chorus only to then drop into a bottomless pit unresolved. Irresistibly enigmatic, a movie made of sound, noises like paintings. Suitable for teenagers to middle-aged music lovers. Not suitable for assholes.