KOLBAK is an indie pop three-piece consisting of Harold Pflug (vocals/guitar), Rick Ruhland (bass guitar) and Martin Voigt (drums). In 2016 the band released Sea which reviewed here at Divide and Conquer. The band is back with Twists and Turns which to my ears is the most realized release from KOLBAK.
The band's sound is bigger than ever with this release. Take for instance the opener “Sleazy” with an explosive rock song. The song starts with dripping electric guitar and a rhythm section that adds the energy. It doesn't take too long for the band to get to the first bridge which brings the first dynamic transition but the most impressive climax comes around the two-minute mark. The groove is great and the vocals are infectious and the song ends with a hair raising crescendo.
The next song “0'07"” starts off sparse with guitar and vocals. The vocals are emotive and melancholy. That being said the mood slightly rises when the drums and bass enter. The song is lush and atmospheric as it progresses with the instruments never playing more than they need.
They come out of the gate with some traction on “Accident Waiting to Happen.” This song revolves around jangly guitar chords and metronome like drumming at first. The chorus is arguably the most infectious on the album. I was reminded of The Smiths at some points. I also appreciating the lyrics which poetic yet not steeped in ambiguity.
The band has more success with “The Last Stand” and also expands on their tones and textures. This song combines a lot of ear catching transitions. It's lush but almost funny at times. I also really liked the way the song unfolded.
They close strong with “Once.” This is easily the most epic song out of the five which ends in a very rocking way like it’s the third finale and the concert is over.
The band has grown since their first release and has established a more firm foundation which displays different aspects of their sound. Recommended.
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