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CD Review: Digitalism 'Idealism'

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Artist: Digitalism
Album: Idealism
Release Date: June 2007
Label: Astralwerks

Digitalism is a duo, composed of a couple German guys, Jens Moelle and Ismail Tuefekci - they played at Coachella this year and will be back in LA to do a DJ set at the end of October. Even though I've got the video of 'Pogo' linked above, I don't think that track is representational of the album. 'Pogo' is much more rock oriented than the rest of the tunes on 'Idealism'.

I was fortunate enough to see Daft Punk on their recent US tour, and some critics have compared Digitalism to Daft Punk. I kind of agree, they do sound a bit like Daft Punk but with more human-like vocals and perhaps a bit more guitars. Unlike 'Pogo', most of their songs are club/dance-oriented, and generally much harder than Daft Punk which I thought was a good move. They also tend to mix things up a bit more, some tunes are just a couple minutes long and then there's the more groove-oriented ones that get up to four and a half minutes or so. The problem with a lot of electronica artists is that they try to milk a groove for as long as they can and you end up with a collection of tracks that all push six minutes and that shit just gets tired.

Digitalism doesn't seem to be afraid to write more songs and not play them out to death. I'm enjoying their fearlessness, I'd totally check out their DJ set this fall (October 27th, LA Sports Arena)

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