Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2014

by James Glazebrook

There’s nothing like a Music Montag end of year playlist to make you realise just how diverse the Berlin music scene is! Bookended by classic Zoë favourites that drive home the dominance of the city’s clubbing industry, elsewhere this year’s Best of Berlin runs the gammut of genres. There’s electro pop, indie, weirdo synth explorations, progressive metal, a healthy chunk of Bowie covers… even a hilarious advertising jingle and a track from a rock opera for kids! Hope you enjoy this pick-and-mix of the most interesting music (mostly) produced in Berlin this year. Boom.

Want to walk your ears down memory lane? Check out the Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2013 and the best of 2012.

Music Montag: CREATURES

by James Glazebrook


I’m a fan of loaded, tragically romantic lyrics in my music. One of my favourite lines begins Elbow’s stunning “Newborn”: “I’ll be the corpse in your bathtub / Useless.” And another appears in the title track of CREATURES‘ new EP, New Campaigns: “I want promises running like trackmarks down my arm.” Damn. We’ve featured the Berlin-based two-piece on überlin before, but their new release (out now on Wait What? Records and Motor Entertainment!) seems to be plumbing new depths of despair. In a good way.

If that sounds good to you, check out New Campaigns on iTunes, Amazon or Spotify. And if it’s a tad too emo for you (you weirdo), then maybe you’d prefer the swelling, lush sound of “Supposedly”, the lead single from the same EP. Beautiful.

CREATURES play live at the Schokoladen’s Lofi Lounge this Wednesday, 19th November – full details here.

CREATURES: Mirror Mirror

by James Glazebrook

With so much great music popping off in Berlin, I sometimes struggle to find the words to do justice to it all. Luckily the press blurb that accompanied this video from CREATURES actually (for once) nailed it, with this quote from Wolf Auf Tausend Plateaus:

Luke Troynar (the creator of Creatures) declines to be a singer songwriter. His ambient soundscapes, sweet voice and disarmingly potent lyrics create an enchanting paradox where nothing is as sweet as it sounds… one of Berlin’s most interesting emerging voices.

At the risk of being in total dereliction of my duties as a “journalist”, I’m going to simply point out that if you like the sound of that, you should listen to this: CREATURES’ brooding “Mirror Mirror”. While not quintessential “Berlin music”, I fancy I can hear trace amounts of stale drugs in Troynar’s system as he crawls across the electronic comedown of another lost weekend. Or maybe I’m projecting. Maybe CREATURES is actually the work of another driven, brave, Berlin-based “singer songwriter” whose music is a million miles from the sandle-wearers who spoiled that phrase forever. Whatever it is, I’m into it.

CREATURES play live at English Theatre Berlin this Friday, 16th August – buy tickets from etberlin.de.