Saturday, September 11, 2010

X-Mal Deutschland – Fetisch (4AD 1983)

Originally an all-female outfit from Germany, X-Mal had already released two singles"Großstadtindianer" and the cult favourite “Incubus Succubusand shed a member in favour of Wolfgang Ellerbrock on bass by the time they released this, their debut album in 1983. Forever compared to a darker version of Siouxsie and the Banshees, X-Mal were propelled by Anja’s droning vocals and Fiona Sangster’s distinctive keyboard style accompanied by driving, urgent bass and drums.

Leading with the powerful single “Qual”, Fetisch alternates between the lush exoticness of songs like “Orient” to the minimalist “Hand in Hand”. The fact that they sung predominately in their native German only added to their mystique. The following year they would release the impossibly even more brilliant album Tocsin, before making the perhaps unwise choice to begin singing increasingly in English. Two further albums (Viva, 1987 and Devils, 1989) followed before the wheels fell off the machine altogether.

Track listing:

  1. Qual
  2. Geheimnis
  3. Young Man
  4. In der Nacht
  5. Orient
  6. Hand in Hand
  7. Kämpfen
  8. Danthem
  9. Boomerang
  10. Stummes Kind
The CD reissue includes bonus tracks “Qual” 12” version, “Zeit” & “Sehnsucht”.

Lineup: Vocals: Anja Huwe (Vocals), Manuela Rickers (guitars), Fiona Sangster (keyboards), Wolfgang Ellerbrock (bass), Manuela Zwingman (drums)

1 comment:

  1. Return to the East has just placed a download to a particularly excellent X-Mal live bootleg from 1984 on his particularly excellent blog: