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.
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!