Sofia Portanet – Freier Geist (2020) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Sofia Portanet – Freier Geist (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 33:10 minutes | 375 MB | Genre: Punk, New Wave
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Duchess Box Records

Born on the 9th November 1989, Sofia Portanet entered this world kicking down walls – now kicking new walls and barriers, Sofia has reinvented Neue Deutsche Welle for a new generation. Singing in English, French and German Sofia has been taking their sound international with performance in USA and Europe since singing to Anglo Berlin based label Duchess Box Records (Gurr, Laura Carbone). Since releasing her debut single Freier Geist in 2018 and has become one of the most critically acclaimed newcomer artists in Germany with praises such as “Best newcomer for 2019” from Klaus Fiehe (1 Live) and “Germany’s next big popstar” from Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music).

A few seconds of Freier Geist is all it takes for Sofia Portanet to transport us from 2020 to 1980. Despite being born at the end of 1989 and never having lived through the era, the German singer’s Qobuzissime debut album breathes new life into Neue Deutsche Welle. The ‘80s was a time when Nina Hagen reigned over Europe’s new wave and post-punk with high energy and madness and Kraftwerk was greatly expanding its audience. It was a time characterised by D.A.F.’s marching beats, the romantic ravings of Kate Bush, Toyah and Lene Lovich and the quirky pop of Falco and Rita Mitsouko. All of these artists are dear to Sofia Portanet, who was born in Kiev, grew up in Paris and now lives in Berlin. Singing as brilliantly in German as she does in English and French, she also finds inspiration in great voices who mixed film, theatre and cabaret, such as Ingrid Caven and Hildegard Knef. To summarise, without all of these references, the enchanting Freier Geist finds the perfect balance between longing for the ‘80s (even if you didn’t live through them) and glints of modernity. But above all, it’s the power of Sofia Portanet’s music that makes it so intoxicating. – Marc Zisman

1. Free Ghost (03:11)
2. Menschen und Mächte (03:57)
3. Wanderratte (03:38)
4. Das Kind (04:03)
5. Planet Mars (03:22)
6. Waage (03:54)
7. Art Deco (03:27)
8. Ringe (04:26)
9. Racines (02:59)