LAURENZ – Forever Comes (MP3)
This is a strange one. From Cologne, referencing Momus, Smog and Gastr del Sol. Deliberately tinny drum machine, slightly cheesy arrangement, vocals trying not to sound mainstream-romantic beneath a sensitive-indie facade. I quite like it, but there’s an edge of embarrassment around this song, the way that, with a different arrangement, presentation and vocal style, it could easily have fitted on BBC Radio 2 in 1982.

It’s almost an MOR song, really, disguised in the clothing of a kind of Sarah Records flashback (see Tom’s Heavenly piece below). Don’t know why I find it so perversely appealing – maybe I just like a German virtual singalong of something Dan Hill or Randy Edelman could have recorded on a good day.