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Mutual Friends
     

Mutual Friends

by BOY
 

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The debut album from Hamburg, Germany-based singer/songwriter duo BOY, 2011's Mutual Friends, is a melodic, often introspective album grounded in the group's poignant, emotionally resonant, female-centric point of view. Centered around the talents of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, BOY are ostensibly a folk-pop duo, but with backing from a

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The debut album from Hamburg, Germany-based singer/songwriter duo BOY, 2011's Mutual Friends, is a melodic, often introspective album grounded in the group's poignant, emotionally resonant, female-centric point of view. Centered around the talents of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass, BOY are ostensibly a folk-pop duo, but with backing from a handful of keyboardists, guitarists, and drummers -- including, on a few tracks, Phoenix's Thomas Hedlund -- they find a nice balance between the lightly experimental, catchy pop of Feist and the more twee-confessional style of Regina Spektor. What helps BOY rise above their similarly inclined female contemporaries is their knack for memorable pop songcraft that moves from the intimate, minor-key sound of cuts like "Railway" to more breezy, radio-ready tracks such as the cheekily titled '70s pop of "Oh Boy." With shimmering melodic lines and a pleasant, natural production approach, many of the songs on Mutual Friends find an immediate home in your ears that's as cozy as it is bittersweet. Part of this is due to Steiner and Glass' gift for writing lyrics that seem to capture what life is like for many women in their twenties. There is a recurring theme of newly discovered female freedom and sexual identity on the album that finds BOY thinking about such universally relatable "firsts" as getting an apartment ("This Is the Beginning"), working a day job ("Waitress"), falling in love ("Little Numbers"), and leaving home ("Drive Darling"). In the last example, Steiner sings "The trunk is filled with records and books and chairs and clothes/I'm smiling on the surface/I'm scared as hell below," and, later, "Good morning freedom, good night lullabies." Whether saying goodbye to a lover, or a parent, or perhaps even falling in love with each other, this BOY is forever on the cusp of becoming a woman.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003097321
catalogNumber:
30973
Rank:
75505

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

BOY   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Vibes
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Viola
David Davidson   Violin
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Tim Lauer   Conductor
Thomas Hedlund   Drums
Marcel Römer   Percussion,Drums
Valgeir Sigurðsson   Horn Engineer
Stefðn Jón Bernharðsson   French Horn
Helgi Hrafn Jónsson   Trombone,Conductor
Thomas Hahn   Guitar
Ari Bragi Kárason   Trumpet
Timothy Buzbee   Tuba
Jessica Buzbee   Trombone
Philipp Steinke   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Carl-Michael Grabinger   Drums
Bela Brauckmann   Drums
Sonja Glass   Organ,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Cello,Vocals,Group Member
Valeska Steiner   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Melodica,Group Member
Marco Möller   Percussion
Taco Van Hettinga   Clarinet
Jule Escherhaus   Choir, Chorus
Deniz Erarslan   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Christian Kreutzer   Banjo

Technical Credits

Hendrik Ostrau   Drum Engineering
Guy Sternberg   Drum Engineering
Adrian Stern   Composer
Bernhard Hahn   Drum Engineering
Helgi Hrafn Jónsson   Arranger
Mario Lombardo   Artwork
Philipp Steinke   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Loop,Instrumentation
Inga Seevers   Cover Photo
Sonja Glass   Programming
Valeska Steiner   Composer
BOY   Composer
Frieder Weiss   Engineer

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