Boomkat Product Review:
toechter is an all-female trio operating from Berlin, their 2nd full-length album Epic Wonder sees its classically trained members blend elaborate string arrangements with ethereal indie pop and delicate rhythms.
"Katrine Grarup Elbo, Lisa Marie Vogel and Marie-Claire Schlameus exclusively use analogue sound sources (such as violin, viola, cello, and their voices), which were then electronically processed. Playing with forms and contours, the music sounds like the awakening of something new.
Those looking for new worlds of sound can find them in the work of these classically- trained musicians. Whether they add voices or percussive instruments, sample the sounds, or manipulate them electronically; ultimately they are exploring the string trio's place in a world shaped by the digital.
Prelude opens the album, seemingly a conversation, yet not only between humans. We catch the word love which soon morphs into pure sound images, while a violin theme tentatively takes over. Is it the dawning of a new day? The chorus of sound transforms into a fascinating rhythmic figure, creating a club-like experience that fades out in delicate structures. A perpetual transformation. The acoustic throbbing and knocking in Sea Of Serenity makes you think of encounters with mythical creatures or planetary oceanography; and out of the mechanically clacking groove of Shift Souls a gentle, but steady movement awakens with voices that seem to sound from the depths of the sea. Everything is in flux, floating in and out of dimensions and elements.
The album ends with Mercury, spherically elegant and almost science fiction-like. Here, a pizzicato melody leads us back to the baroque, simultaneously representing a detail of intertwined sonic worlds, while the steady, housy baseline develops its driving theme."