'subkutan' [lat.] (subcutaneous): situated or applied under the skin (e.g. injections), reads the Oxford Dictionary laconically, putting DE/VISIONs music in a nutshell. Reduction to a single catchword has always been one trademark of this band that has successfully picked up and expanded the various facets of synthetic pop for 17 years, combining them symbiotically into an original style in a very organic, always emotive manner. Electro pop that gets under the listeners skin.
'Subkutan' is also a more than suitable title for the new album by Steffen Keth and Thomas Adam. Following their 2001 album, 'Two', which dealt with the new constellation of the group as a duo, a situation which took some getting used to, DE/VISION tried not only to return to their old strengths, but also to benefit from the experiences of the courageous 'Void' production. But only the two subsequent albums, 'Devolution' (2003) and '6 Feet Underground', brought that apparently indispensable consistency that inspires DE/VISION to come up with great pop anthems, having found two producers in Arne Schumann and Josef Bach who know how to extract precisely that unique talent.
'Subkutan' marks DE/VISIONs return at last to the very point where they see themselves in the post-modern diversity of interpretation and expression, towards which they have been moving with determination since their 2004 predecessor album, '6 Feet Underground', namely the wide field of modern electronic music that is certainly open to stylistic changes, but first and foremost consists of emotionally deeply touching, as well danceable electro pop.
But lets not forget the great ballads that have always been the prominent milestones in the history of DE/VISION - like 'No Tomorrow' with its spacey soundscapes and thoughtfully presented lyrics, sneaking its way into the listeners aural tract, while 'In Dir' may come across slightly more groovy, gaining intensity with its sensitively performed German lyrics - the first in some ten years!
So 'Subkutan' sees DE/VISION move on broadly laid-out musical paths and in multi-layered atmospheres again, while continuing to present great pop music away from all genre conventions, always going
under the skin!