This eagerly anticipated third release from Vienna-based Aromabar is well worth the wait. 'Things Got To Change' is everything you'd expect from a band who are quite happy being tough to categorise, but 100% real. 'As soon as you totally embrace music, it becomes authentic, unpretentious and interesting at the same time' explains musician-songwriter Roland Hackl on Aromabar's original approach to music production.
Aromabar is all about creating authentic sounds versus manufactured radio fodder. With playful airiness, the coherent ensemble behind Aromabar combines electrified pop, digital folk and R&B into a neat, enjoyable package. Yes, there is often a shiny surface, but look out for the edgy kicks that are the essence of well-defined tracks, As Andreas Kinzl points out, 'For each track to stand on its own is more crucial to us than on the second album. We experimented a lot to merge songwriting and production completely.'
For this latest album, Aromabar's vocal line-up includes singer Karin Steger and guest vocalists Pollard Berrier, 'Big John' Whitfield and Nappy G -a well-balanced group that easily shift gears between lower tempo love ballads to spicier social critiques. Singer/songwriter Pollard Berrier, originating from Denver, Colorado, adds something from home to the haunting ballads 'Calling' and 'Nothing's Wrong'. Nappy G, currently busting wide with 'Turntables on the Hudson', and one of the most requested New Yorker rapper/DJs, performs alongside golden-voiced Karin Steger on 'My Conclusion' and 'Desire'. And keeping it real with some old skool Soul flavour is 'Big John' Whitfield on 'The Message' and 'Rise Up'.
With 'Things Gotta Change', Aromabar have come of age in a positive way, building on their strengths--a stunning mastery of instruments and styles-- to present us with their own unique musical language. Moments of delirious, even casual dreaminess, highlight what this talented group excel in -a solid knowledge of musical history and an instinctive talent for mixing musical styles.
Music gets interesting when traces are obliterated, boundaries become blurred and genres dissolve, and that's exactly where Aromabar are with their third album.