De La Montana: “City Slicker”

Madison Velding-VanDam is a product of Midwestern America — he grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan — but he has taken up roots in Berlin as the talented frontman for De La Montana, a trio who construct elegant new wave synth-pop that has dirt and grime underneath its shiny, painted fingernails. I adore you, my dear, you give the grass its color. How? I don’t know he sings over a lush synthscape complete with shimmering chimes and a crunchy bassline, and accompanied by some tropical percussion and funky guitar. I’m quite confident that a live show from De La Montana would quickly turn into an energetic dance-and-sway party, as the rhythms at work here are both weighty and intoxicating. It’s a lovely cocktail that Velding-VanDam has produced, and I am powerless against it.

You can download the entire debut album from De La Montana, entitled Postmodern Whirled, at the group’s Bandcamp page.

De La Montaña – City Slicker by The Wounded Jukebox

BONUS! Check out “Money Hungry Astronauts” below as well, which is quite the disaffected, mid-20’s rant. My favorite line? It’s pretty, so fuck it. We’re up, off and away!

De La Montaña – Money Hungry Astronauts by The Wounded Jukebox

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  1. #1 by chris donnelly on August 7, 2011 - 1:39 PM

    Love it !!!!!

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