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Die Kerzen

“You haven't been blonde for a long time / Your eyes are green and empty / We are losing our time / I think of you in the solarium.” The song “Solarium” by the Berlin-via-Ludwigslust band The candles says, who does the trick succeeds in sounding as artificial as it is honest, whose New Romantics sound, dampened by sparkling melancholy and flat by design, is the best possible definition of the term “melancholy”. Actually an impossibility: The band members are too young, only know the style-defining eighties for them from pop culture and other people's memories, longing for a time they have never lived through - and yet they sound as if they had experienced a lot more than their young years would suggest.