Joyful melodies with a bit of resigned intonation, modern folk music with reggae elements and vivid electronic beats is what characterises German electronic folk music union “Milky Chance” who will perform in the Baltics in Februry – on February 13 in Tallinn, Estonia, February 14 in Riga, Latvia and February 15 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
You never know who you’re going to meet on the first day of school. Sometimes, you can end up being introduced to one of the best friends you’ll ever know. That was the case for Clemens and Philipp – known as Milky Chance. The Kassel, Germany duo met in an “Advanced Music Course” at the start of eleventh grade, and they creatively gelled right off the bat.
“On that first day, you’re looking around the classroom trying to see who’s cool and who’s not,” laughs Clemens. “We clicked though. It didn’t take long at all for us to notice that we got along great.”
Weaving together elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lilting, lush vocals, they harnessed a style unequivocally their own. Clemens put it best, “Think of it as the singer-songwriter spirit mixed with electronic beats. Somehow, it’s always a little bit melancholy, but there’s a positive spin. You can dance to most of it too! Melancholy is something that I carry within me. I write the best songs when this mood catches me.”
In 2013 in a tiny self-built studio, where they didn’t need anything more than a rudimentary interface, microphone, and computer, guys recorded their debut album, Sadnecessary. Released on the musicians’ own Lichtdicht Records it became a phenomenon.
The mixture of Rehbein’s husky voice and subdued delivery with Dausch’s compelling, easily danceable beats took them on a global tour, winning multiple European music awards. The first single “Stolen Dance” has nowadays over 320 million views on YouTube.
“There was never a plan,” Clemens goes on. “We only played two shows before we decided to make the album. We never bought expensive studio equipment or even hired a producer. We did what we wanted to and what felt good at the moment. We just wanted to record our music. We never thought it would go further than that.”
Using nothing but their Facebook page to announce the shows, very soon Milky Chance were playing to sell out crowds at venues that increased in size as the tour unfolded and more shows were added. Culminating in playing to a rapturous capacity 7,000 crowd at Hamburg’s Dockville Festival. An experience Philipp described as “insane”.
“Blossom”, the band’s second studio album released in March 2017. It’s an album that retains the essential vibes of Milky Chance, while expanding on them at the same time, with a genre that blends electronic, reggae, and folk elements. Ultimately, because of the emotional expanse, Milky Chance songs resonate loudly with listeners everywhere. Video for the first single “Cacoon” was filmed in Riga, Latvia, featuring Latvian actors, also the director of the video, dāvis Sīlis, is Latvian. The first single perfectly characterises the sound of the new album.
“At the end of the day, we’re most happy when people discover our music for themselves and have fun at one of our concerts. It’s just great when they listen to a song and connect it to a personal experience. That’s the most amazing thing, and we’d love to encourage that.”