Freie Sicht – the brand new single from Berlin and Vienna-based production duo Oberst & Buchner and German vocalist Acud – is out now via Heimlich Musik. Landing alongside a brace of remixes from Tal Fussman and Shubostar, Freie Sicht is the latest single to be taken from Oberst & Buchner’s upcoming studio album Marble Arch, which drops on September 16.
The original mix stands out with a catchy picked bass guitar, accompanied by a deep menacing pad. A punchy snare, that shakes the listener to the core, pushes the track into a disco/new wave style. This feeling intensifies as Lasse Winkler’s, aka Acud, lyrics start in the first break. The Berlin-based electronic musician, vocalist and label head of ’Keller’ is known for his musical aliases Acud, Beatmörtelz and Lasse Winkler. He is wailing, “Do you see me, don’t you see me, I see you, I don’t see you” throughout the track.
On the face of it, a text of minimalistic simplicity, even naivety, but if you look at it more closely, they are words that are hard to grasp in their ambiguity and difficult to interpret. The well-known phrases become unfamiliar as he continually shifts the meaning by switching intonations. On the musical side the ease of a simple arpeggiator sequence is connected to sophisticatedly reverberated palm-mute guitar picks that form a vivid articulation of modern new wave.
On remix duties, Tal Fussmann’s interpretation of Freie Sicht is a hypnotic break beat banger based on Acud’s vocal and an arpeggiator line while the evolving arrangement peaks in an ecstatic climax.
Hotly-tipped South Korean producer Shubostar delivers her remix with mighty drums and a powerful bassline while integrating vocals, pad sounds and guitars from the original into her signature sound. Both remixes come with dancefloor aspirations without losing the obscure vibe of the original and rounding up the third single EP ahead of Oberst & Buchner’s album as a whole.