FRIDAY. Everyone gets geared up, just relaxes looking for meaningful fun, out in the countryside, in the disco, in thelr relationships, or in a club, or else he rails with the insignificance of his everyday existence.
After the hymnal effusiveness of the previous albums “Soft Operator” and “Are you Dreamy”, Berlin’s RAGAZZI, now concentrate on the darker side of life. With the production skills from Mario Thaler, who made his marks with productions for The Notwist and Slut the new work “Friday” comes together. Multi-layered understatement is hidden behind uncompromising production, sweet as honey harmony and non-stop first-class pop songs, at the same time personal and stylized, the lyrics pull apart the daily scenarios between work, holidays, sex, sport, and shopping, describing the touching desolation and moving beauty of the drudgery, which take up a central part in our lives.
Whether – like in “Call and Reply” – people fail miserably in the usual answers to the Call Centre concepts or in the absurdity of fame (“Celebrity Party”), ideals are blacked out or else by means of replacement of the news (“The News”) a picture is created, which focuses on one’s personal fears about one’s own existence (“Multiply”) – in their excellent analysis of the complexities of their own lives and ambitions RAGAZZI tries to keep away from cliches about pointless situations by using a good portion of sadness in their music.
With relevant means RAGAZZI shake up the foundations of pop, and remix and contrast them using easy-going and damned clever methods in order to produce heart-breaking short stories.
By the way, Erlend Oye, Norway’s most popular export (after AHA), also took part in this production along with the Japanese musician, ex-geisha, photographer, Vogue columnist, and artist Hanayo, not forgetting Liane Sommers, one of Berlin’s most progressive video artists.
Along with the music RAGAZZI also run a label for hand-fashion, and at the same time they are working on a mini-electronical musical adaptation of Christian Kracht’s “Faserland”.
“Very good…..like a homage to New Order, maybe because Mario Thaler produced it” SPEX
“Ragazzi sound like Zoot Woman and The Notwist were in it together” ROLLING STONE
2. SEX AND MONEY
3. CELBERTY PARTY
5. RULER OF THE WASTELAND
6. THE NEWS
9. CALL AND REPLY
10. THE PARTNER