The name Flo Rotter & Friends is spot on. On the recent release Summary Rhymes Rotter (vocals/guitar) who wrote the three songs has some help from Monika Hagitte (piano/violin/vocals), Dorothée Pusch (piano) Martin Fehling (E-bass) and Reinhard Gross (drums).
The best way I can describe this music to you is by telling you to imagine Robert Smith writing happy folk songs. It took me a little bit of time for me to have this realization but that's kind of it in a nutshell and it’s pretty great.
Up first is “Confidence” which contains pristine, clean instrumentation that all works very well together. The piano and guitar work is top notch and could be the focal point in an instrumental version of the song. It’s a warm, happy song and never feels saccharine. There are subtle waves of melancholy and it gets better with repeated listens.
Up next is “Dear Surprise” and it is arguably even more festive and jovial. The juxtaposition between the sometimes sad lyrics about a lost love or break up works wonderfully. I thought the violin was the cherry on top.
He closes with “Coast lines” which is a little more solemn and also contains female vocal accompaniment. It was a well written song like the others and a good one to go out on.
Rotter goes three for three here. The recording is polished and well produced with undeniably good performances. I’m definitely going to keep tabs on this artist and hope to hear a full length in the not too distant future.
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