Germans is a sugary sweet moody disco collaboration between songwriter Julia Kwamya and producer Kurt Feldman (of Ice Choir fame). The Brooklynites’ debut track “Cruel” is a glistening throwback to the ultra smooth, pure synthetic pop of Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Donna Summer. Its bittersweet folk ballad undertones and glitsy modern production introduce some unusual elements into the mix, giving the track a unique and haunting feel.
Kurt and Julia first bonded over their mutual affinity for a dinky MIDI keyboard called the Miracle Piano Teaching System, first marketed as an add-on to the original Nintendo Entertainment System in the early 90s. Fittingly, the duo’s music is a playful tribute to the exploration of warm, sparkling electronic sounds like the ones that drew them to the Miracle when they were just a pair of curious tots. Yet lurking beneath “Cruel’s” blissful nostalgic timbres lies a poignant grownup heartbreak track.
Stay tuned for more singles and a full EP from Germans, due out this summer.
STREAM: Germans – “Cruel”