Yello comprises Boris Blank and Dieter Meier and were formed as long ago as the late 1970s. They are two of the maddest Swiss performers you will ever hear and they create some of the most infectious electronic music I know. It is highly sample based and production quality is usually at the high end of superb. Touch is one of their best recordings yet, with huge dynamic swings, potent bass and pinpoint imaging within a constructed soundstage.
Touch was released in 2009 and is a double-album in vinyl terms. From the opening The Expert you are pummelled with a shocking aural assault of highly infectious sampled melodies and Dieter Meier’s gravelly voice. There is much variation and I find the songs involving guest vocalist Heidi Happy especially alluring. Two songs are reworkings of older releases, Oh Yeah and Bostich. Stay and Kiss in Blue with Heidi Happy are quite wonderful and Takla Makan features, without a doubt, the gruntiest subterranean bass I’ve ever heard this side of a Ruffatti organ. My entire room shakes.
Enjoy the wacky songs, enjoy the workout it’ll put your system through and see if you can resist smiling through some of the songs.
I had quite a job sourcing the 'Special Edition' version with extra tracks on the CD and a bonus DVD.
Having heard the trumpeter Til Bronner on other artists albums (most recently - Jeff Goldblum with The Mildred Shnitzer Orchestra), I love the album tracks that feature his ultra-detailed, breathy, playing.
Touch has a truly monster soundstage and, as Martin has pointed out, subterranean bass!
Both my sub-woofer and I thank you for this choice, Martin.
[EDIT] This is one of those 7/10s that I've had to elevate to a 4/5 because it was worth more than 3.
Tons of good stuff on here, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it's not an album I'd automatically reach for if I was stuck for something to play. Parts of it put me in mind of "Kraftwerk plays The Pet Shop Boys, " and I like both bands, so that's not as negative as it might sound. I wonder if picking ten or twelve out of the twenty tracks wight make it a more "manageable" album. Then again, there's nothing on there that I actually dislike enough to want to cut. If nothing else though, it has proved that my second system is very much heading in the right direction.
I usually end up listening to some of this when I visit Martin or Vic and yes it is impressive The kind of album that shows off your system strengths This is the first time I ever listened to it on my own and I don't think it will be on playlist I get that nearly everyone else will love this but it just doesn't hold my attention A 2 is me being in a generous mood
Music is where I find my solace Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two. – Fredric Chopin
Interesting to listen right through as I've only heard isolated tracks from Yello before. However, I did find it a bit of a struggle and it did not hold my attention well even though there were some truly impressive soundscapes in the various tracks. The stand-out track for me was "You Better Hide", although I enjoyed "Tangier Blue" as well - it reminded me a bit of early Pink Floyd in some ways - and "Taklan Makan". Another high point was "Umbria" although it felt rather short to me and I'd have liked more. In general I preferred the tracks featuring the the vocals of Heidi Happy and I liked some of the manipulated 'acoustic' instrument effects.
Some tracks would have gotten a 4 from me, but overall I ended up at 3 I'm afraid: impressive, but it did not engage me enough.
EDIT: I note you never voted on a previous Album Choice - Yello's Flag. If you don't like Touch, I'd hate to think how you'd receive Flag. It's quite a lot madder! Perhaps you should revisit for a listen?
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