Pink Turns Blue: If Two Worlds Kiss (CD, Black Or Clear Vinyl LP)

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Tracks

CD:
1 I Coldly Stare Out
2 After All
3 Walking On Both Sides
4 State Of Mind
5 When It Rains
6 If Two Worlds Kiss
7 That Was You
8 Missing You
9 A Moment Sometimes
10 When The Hammer Comes Down
Vinyl:
A1 I Coldly Stare Out
A2 After All
A3 Walking On Both Sides
A4 State Of Mind
A5 When It Rains
B1 If Two Worlds Kiss
B2 That Was You
B3 Missing You
B4 A Moment Sometimes
B5 When The Hammer Comes Down

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Founded in Cologne, Germany in 1985, Pink Turns Blue’s blend of atmospheric dark pop informed by European post-punk contemporaries and buzzing punk dissonance of Hüsker Dü (the band is named after the Zen Arcade song) immediately tapped into a new canon of sound that was foundational to the emergence of darkwave. Tom Elbern (vocals, guitars)formerly of Seltsame Zustände and Mic Jogwer (vocals, bass) were joined by Marcus Giltjes (drums), and Ruebi Walter (keyboards) and caught on through diligently pounding the club circuit and circulating their early, self-financed recordings.

Despite the commitment to their craft and initial grassroots success, securing label support proved difficult as they refused to sing in German and their sober tone lacked the shimmer of pop and optimism that executives felt formulaic to success. Still, the band persisted with the duo of Elbern and Jogwer sharing vocal duties and song credits, each informing the other’s compositions until Elbern halved the song production and left the band in 1987. Continuing to perform and record as a three piece, the band eventually found roots with FunFactory!, an independent label based in Münster whose manager, Axel Seitz, shared the band’s appreciation of the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Factory vision, urging them to forego releasing singles and focus on a full-length.  Released in 1987 and now remastered by Josh Bonati for vinyl release through Dais Records, If Two Worlds Kiss is a seminal offering to the canon of dark wave’s DNA – a fluid lesson in melody, mood, and pacing – each track continuously adding to the journey like a unique push-pin on a map of melancholy.

Defined by their dynamic song-writing, their debut added a new urgency and depth to guitar-driven gothic rock by allowing fast songs such as the lead single “Walking on Both Sides” to possess the same sullen punch and melancholy as slower anthems like “When the Hammer Comes Down”, which derives its power on the downbeat. More rhythmic variety is added through beat-driven dancefloor tracks with triumphant singalong choruses like “That Was You”, showing they could swing hard – as well as swirl… Dais Records is proud to present the first ever official reissue of this classic deathrock / darkwave masterpiece.

The CD version is the 2015 reissue on Order Records.

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