Get ready for a musical explosion of epic proportions! Buckle up because we welcome the undeniably energetic German outfit, How To Loot Brazil, to the party! For 17 years, these Soest natives have been carving their path in the indie scene, defying categorization and dropping albums like they’re going out of style (thankfully, they’re not!). Hailing from a small town in western Germany, How To Loot Brazil is DIY’s epitome. They write, produce, and release their music entirely on their terms, a testament to their unwavering dedication and creative fire. Their impressive discography boasts eight studio albums, an EP, and countless remixes, with their acapella tracks even sparking a global remix frenzy! But enough about the accolades, let’s delve into the sonic wonderland that is their recent masterpiece, “Joy to Be Had.” This 13-track thrill ride is a genre-bending odyssey, overflowing with catchy melodies and infectious energy that will have you moving and grooving from the first note to the last.

Kicking off the album with infectious energy, “Valley Girls” sets the tone with its blend of retro-pop sensibilities and punk attitude. The vocal duo of Vic and Ka delivers dynamic performances intertwined seamlessly over pulsating rhythms and shimmering synths. It’s a rebellious anthem that invites us to embrace our individuality with unapologetic fervor.

Transitioning into “New People,” How To Loot Brazil showcases their versatility with a dance-infused groove and introspective lyricism. The vocals glide effortlessly over a kaleidoscope of electronic textures, painting a vivid portrait of societal flux and personal transformation. It’s a sonic journey that invites introspection while keeping our feet moving to the beat.

Channeling raw emotion and unbridled energy, “Happy 2 Be Angry” explodes with punk-infused fervor. Vic’s impassioned delivery cuts through the frenetic instrumentation, capturing the angst and frustration of modern-day existence. It’s a cathartic release that resonates with anyone who’s ever felt the weight of the world on their shoulders.

Delving into the complexities of love and longing, “Lovesick Killjoy” unveils a softer, more introspective side of How To Loot Brazil. Vic takes center stage with haunting vocals, weaving a tale of heartache and resilience over ethereal melodies and pulsating beats. It’s a poignant reminder of the bittersweet nature of human connection.

Injecting a dose of infectious energy, “Tons of Entertainment” bursts forth with irrepressible exuberance. Vic’s vocals soar over infectious guitar riffs and driving rhythms, encapsulating the thrill of living in the moment. It’s a jubilant celebration of life’s simple pleasures, inviting listeners to lose themselves in the music.

Slowing down the tempo from the onset but getting intense after a few seconds, “Time Flies” beckons with its dreamy ambiance and introspective lyricism. The velvety vocals glide over lush layers of instrumentation, evoking a sense of nostalgia and longing. It’s a mesmerizing ode to the passage of time, urging us to cherish every fleeting moment.

With “Coldest Shoulder Ever,” How To Loot Brazil channels a sense of defiance and resilience in the face of adversity. Vic’s haunting vocals exude strength and vulnerability, weaving a tale of heartbreak and redemption. The brooding atmosphere is accentuated by atmospheric synths and driving percussion, creating a haunting sonic landscape.

Infusing a sense of urgency, “Dithered” pulsates with frenetic energy and infectious hooks. Vic’s impassioned delivery drives home the song’s themes of uncertainty and indecision, while the pulsating rhythms and distorted guitars propel us forward. It’s a high-octane thrill ride that leaves anyone breathless and exhilarated.

Transporting us to a realm of ethereal beauty, “902” captivates us with its shimmering melodies and lush harmonies. Vic’s ethereal vocals soar over cascading synths and atmospheric textures, enveloping us in a blanket of sonic bliss. It’s a transcendent experience that invites us to lose ourselves in the music and surrender to the moment.

With “Records,” How To Loot Brazil delivers a heartfelt homage to the power of music to heal and inspire. Vic’s emotive vocals resonate with authenticity and vulnerability, while the soaring melodies and anthemic choruses uplift the spirit. It’s a poignant reminder of the enduring legacy of art and the profound impact it has on our lives.

Casting a spell of introspection and contemplation, “Clouds” unfolds with ethereal beauty and haunting grace. Vic’s haunting vocals soar over delicate piano melodies and atmospheric synths, evoking a sense of longing and yearning. It’s a mesmerizing journey through the depths of the human soul, inviting reflection and introspection.

Infusing a sense of whimsy and irreverence, “Blue Balls¬†& Daisies” delights with its playful lyrics and infectious melodies. Vic’s playful delivery adds a touch of levity to the proceedings, while the upbeat rhythms and catchy hooks keep the energy soaring. It’s a joyous romp through the whimsical landscape of the human imagination.

Rounding out the album with a burst of retro-infused energy, “Not the 80s” pays homage to the decade of excess with infectious enthusiasm and irreverent charm. Vic’s vocals soar over pulsating synths and driving rhythms, capturing the spirit of rebellion and innovation that defined the era. It’s a fitting conclusion to a genre-defying journey that leaves us craving more.

In conclusion, “Joy To Be Had” is a tour de force of indie-electro-retro-pop post-punk excellence that showcases How To Loot Brazil’s boundless creativity and infectious energy. From anthemic anthems to introspective ballads, each track is a testament to their unrivaled talent and relentless passion for their craft. So let’s raise our glasses to How To Loot Brazil and the joy they bring to our ears. Cheers to many more years of musical brilliance!

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