"Last Night" by Berlin Taxi put me in a trance. Three things stood out to me after my first listen: first, the dreamy vocals, extremely well placed and delivered, made me think of Joy Division. Something about the lines gives me a Gregorian chant vibe. It makes me think of mantras. The main synth line, a perfect example of an atypical lead line, slides into an almost anti-solo. More often than not, artists spend so much time trying to technically wow the listener that they forget about the myriad of other ways to connect with an audience. Allowing your composition to become more than the sum of its parts, with each instrument supplementing and building off each other is a special skill, one Berlin has a masterful grasp of.
This leads me to my third takeaway, which is the composition in its entirety. The track sparks thoughts of the all the best parts of 80s electronica. For anyone who appreciates the decade, synth, or dancing, Berlin Taxi will give you your fix. The band sounds like you've heard them before in all the best ways, their polish and musicianship make you assume that they're sitting comfortably among the top electronica today. I'm glad I listened and you will be too.
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