On their third Weathertunes Album “Summer” Roland and Daniel Voss present a true summer album which lives up to all sunny expectations. More danceable and definitely with more groove than their preceding album, the tracks “Finest Things” and “At The Rio Bar” catch our attention with its dynamic, blissful and exuberant sound. What makes “Summer” tower above the flood of competing electronic productions is the tremendous diversity of sounds and the treasure box full of surprising samples the Voss brothers draw from.
The Weathertunes pave their own way and playfully build their tracks on HipHop Beats and Drum rhythms. Their outstanding accomplishment is an extremely laid-back groove which alternate between a vivacious fizz or a sinister glug. Scratched beats oppose warbled opera voices. The sound of dramatic violins lead into heavy breathing, and then the merry babble of a baby. And wasn’t that an elephant’s trumpet? The beats vary from feathery to booming. Flute, sax, piano, organ, clarinet or a funky bass – each song offers different arrangements. As constant accompaniment soothes the versatility of jazz guitarist Michael Arlt.
The wonderful achievement of the album is its coherent and highly agreeable sound in spite of all opposing elements. You can almost physically feel how much joy and creativity the Weathertunes have put into the production of their tracks. On repetitive listening, more and more details surface, toying with mind and soul. “Summer” is a feelgood gem, a friend on sunny and rainy days alike, an album bound to make you happy.
Original CD Release Date on Jubilee Recordings: June 6th, 2005
Digital Re-release on Lemongrassmusic: January 2015
Label: Lemongrassmusic (LC 12644)