Boomkat Product Review:
"Whereas last time around, they were all about "vocal harmonies from NYC to Cape Town" and "massive guitars from Portland to D¸sseldorf, mixed with clattering beats from Berlin to Detroit" Aloa Input - a Munich-based three-piece that seems to be just as addicted to new input as it's quick and productive when it comes to releasing more genre-smashing, ebullient output - are about to leave planet earth altogether with their sophomore release: Dropping only a year after the band's debut album "Anysome" (with additional remix EP "RMX" released in-between), they return with an album that finds them dashing through the better part of recent music history, to eventually take off for the Red Planet: "MARS ETC." is terrestrial life condensed, an experimental study in hands-on, sonic set theory, both a stunningly wild and unbridled beast of an album and a long-overdue update to 1977's Voyager Golden Records. While "Anysome" was recorded in cold Berlin during wintertime, the explosive and iridescent remains that constitute "MARS ETC." were recorded on an island in Croatia - one that bears the almost Martian-sounding name Krk -, where Florian Kreier (aka Angela Aux, vocals/bass), Cico Beck (aka Joasihno, live member of Ms. John Soda and The Notwist; electronics/drums), and Marcus Grassl (guitars/vocals) turned a lighthouse into a temporary studio: A perfect spot to launch themselves and their increasingly cosmic network of influences (comprised of Art and World Music, Indie, Kraut, HipHop, Folk, etc.) into outer space.After renowned production heavyweight Olaf Opal had seen them opening for The Notwist, he immediately reached out to Aloa Input, who happily accepted his offer to eventually co-produce and mix the Krk recordings in The Notwist's own studio in Weilheim. The resulting full-length, "MARS ETC.", indeed feels like audio fireworks from the get-go"