Berlin-based duo Me And My Drummer, also known as Charlotte Brandi and Matze Pröllochs, recently dropped their second album Love is A Fridge, which integrates shimmering synths and hypnotic beats. After unveiling their critically acclaimed debut album The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey last year, the band took some time to focus on themselves and their music to explore new boundaries. The result is a soulful sound, and a team-up with German producer Olaf Opal.
The album is an electro pop masterpiece, spanning 10 tracks with a wide range of styles, from eclectic songs, to danceable tunes such as Easy on Me. The song and its brand new video reveal MAMD’s story of overcoming obstacles and feelings of frustration, referring to singer Brandi’s suffering from laryngitis just before their tour. Now they are back on track and are set to play at The Great Escape in Brighton on Friday May 20th and at the Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Monday May 23rd.
We caught up with the duo to find out more about their current album.
Describe the mood you want to express with Love is A Fridge.
Each song on Love Is A Fridge can be interpreted as a scene out of a movie that we can only find in our minds. It’s about different forms of relationships – friendship, love, partnership etc. It’s an album that reveals all types of different moods. The one thing we want to express most, is being free.
How did you guys get together?
We met at a theatre in southern Germany where we were hired as stage musicians. During these one and a half years we worked on three theatre plays and founded the band. It had been a very inspiring time with a lot of jamming and creating songs. Afterwards, in 2010, we moved to Berlin to just concentrate on the band.
Where and how did you gain your inspiration for the album?
Most of the lyrics were inspired by people Charlotte met in the last few years. Some of the more intense experiences became topics of this album. Musically, we discovered more guitar based songs and music from the 70s. We listen to Serge Gainsbourg and PJ Harvey a lot.
In what ways does it differ from your debut album The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey?
The songwriting has changed. On the first album we had more post rock kind of influences that you could mostly hear in the arrangements. This time we have been interested in building the songs differently, which meant clearer structures and less post rock. To us the song structures feel really natural and understandable now. It’s funny that still most of the people need some time to get an overview and to understand the songs completely. We obviously still don’t like writing predictable pop songs. In addition to that, we wanted to have a bit more dynamic and lightness in the new album. Most obvious change may be the guitar songs – it’s still synth pop, but now it’s also guitar based dream pop. And more!
Tell us about your work with German producer Olaf Opal.
We had been working on the album already for more than a year, when we decided to ask Olaf to help finishing the recordings and to mix the album. Working with him was great, because he is really good in giving the artist self-confidence and he does not only have a lot of experience, but he also has an excellent taste in music, which was a big inspiration for us too. He is not the kind of producer who is always involved in every detail. He is sitting on the couch, letting you do your thing. But when you get stuck, he’s there to help.
How long did it take to produce the album?
Including the writing process and all the test recordings that we did with different producers, it took us about two years making this album. It was a long way, but it was absolutely worth the time, the work and the money.
Where do you see you and your music in two years?
Watch their brand new video below, for Easy on Me.