What should an artist do when the world goes to the dogs? Resign? Hardly. Protest? Of course! There's just one catch: if you lose your fun while protesting, you may be contributing to the dreary gray out there. And that, when it could use some colors - but ones that don't distract from how shitty the situation is.
Enter Ulla Suspekt. The Nuremberg artist sees the gray world and throws colors at it. Her songs are funny, but not in that unpleasant thigh-slapping way that is doing its mischief in the German comedy scene. Her humor is anarchic, absurd and sometimes a bit disturbing.
With "Hörtcore" Ulla Suspekt - also a part of the duo Taxi Lotta - now releases her first solo EP. Musically, the whole thing ranks somewhere between electropop and punk, "because I can't decide", as Ulla says herself. The motto here is: courage to be weird.
It's no secret that pop is often at its best when it appeals to the outsiders instead of the masses. Ulla succeeds in this with an enviable nonchalance. Only seemingly apathetic, she sings about her own experiences, spanning the arc from the private to the big picture, while unexpected creative musical ideas flash up again and again. Ulla muses about civilian inspectors, incompetent dentists and toxic perp dudes, or she struggles with the impossibility of intimacy in the world, as in "Mädchen mit den Scherenhänden," the record's secret hit.
The world is just suspicious to Ulla, and not without reason. She makes the best of it, namely songs like these. The rain of colors that she unleashes on the dreariness does not serve to cover up the messes of the world. It inspires much more to counter them with creativity. "Hörtcore" is one such counter.
The EP was produced and recorded by Ulla Suspekt in her home studio, additional recordings took place in Florian Helleken's "Hersbrooklyn Studios" in Hersbruck.