Milky Chance – Sadnecessary - 2013 Alt Indie Pop LP
Milky Chance – Sadnecessary
Lichtdicht Records – B0021655-01
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
30 Sep 2014
A1 Stunner 4:48
A2 Flashed Junk Mind 4:22
A3 Becoming 2:24
A4 Running 4:28
A5 Indigo 1:26
A6 Sadnecessary 4:58
B1 Down By The River 4:01
B2 Sweet Sun 4:34
B3 Fairytale 4:16
B4 Stolen Dance 5:14
B5 Loveland (Studio Version) 3:32
B6 Feathery (Bonus Track) 4:24
Distributed By – Republic Records – B0021655-01
Pressed By – United Record Pressing
Mastered At – Sterling Sound
Lacquer Cut By – Ray Janos
U.S. edition. Tracklisting varies from German release.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 5 414939 590818
Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side A): B0021655-01A RJ STERLING ⓤ
Matrix / Runout (Etched, Side B): B0021655-01B RJ STERLING ⓤ
German alternative pop folk rock duo with reggae and electronic music influences
The debut album from German folk-pop duo Milky Chance took over a year to make it from their home country to American shores, but really, it’s pretty tremendous it made it here at all. The list of Central European coffee-house acts to break it big in the U.S. is not a long one, and when you add the fact that Chance are not a pair of folkies in the conventional, co-piloting vocals sense of Simon & Garfunkel, but more in the He’s the DJ, I’m the Singer sense of Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis, it becomes even more improbable. But here they are, and we should be grateful for that, because they’re bringing with them Sadnecessary, the best autumn soundtrack this side of Manitoba.
Milky Chance’s unusal brand of mid-tempo acoustic rock has been purposefully imported over the Atlantic thanks to the surprise success of their debut single, “Stolen Dance,” one of the least-likely U.S. hits of the decade. The group’s serenely rollicking crossover jam is currently enjoying a multi-week run on top of Billboard’s Rock Airplay chart, and is gradually climbing up the Hot 100 as well. Unlike many fluke successes of its ilk, “Dance” is no red herring — the great majority of Sadnecessary follows in its pattern of low-octane beats and gently lapping guitar strumming, making for a lovely and understated album that feels ideal to warm up to as the weather gets progressively more compromised outside your window.
The appeal of Milky Chance has a lot to do with moderation. When you think of folk in 2014, you tend to think of it in polarized extremes: the rushing banjos, furious drums, and stadium-ready choruses of Mumford & Sons, or the balladic, cabin-in-the-woods minimalism of Bon Iver. Chance opts for neither, instead finding themselves contented at a casual stroll. The most energetic tracks — opener “Stunner” and second single “Down By the River” — never accelerate past a trot, and the draggiest tracks — the rhythm-section-less closer “Loveland,” and the love song “Fairytale” — never slow to more than a saunter. Dynamics are kept similarly in check, with few moments on the album raising to a scream or lowering to a whisper, instead keeping an even keel.