German darkwave project Deine Lakaien’s 11th studio album, Dual+, follows the duo’s style from the preceding release Dual. Peppered with covers, including three from contemporaries, and one traditional German song, the 10 tracks are immediately recognizable as Deine Lakaien’s signature sound while still maintaining stylistic diversity throughout.
One truly enjoyable track is “Run 2nd”, mainly highlighted due to the imagery presented within the lyrics. Their cover of “Losing My Religion” has clearer vocals than the original, but there’s an added dramatic feel. Making use of the same melody but not performed by the same instruments also gives the track a new perspective. Also notable is the track “Self-Seeker,” mainly for the instrumentation, as well as “Nightfall” for a combination of all the facets mentioned above.
Musician Ernst Horn demonstrates his classical composition skills on these pieces. He left a position as a conductor in 1985 when he and Deine Lakaien’s vocalist Alexander Veljanov decided to create this project. This lays the backdrop for Veljanov’s smooth baritone lyrics.
SPILL ALBUM REVIEW: DEINE LAKAIEN – DUAL+