Even if Guther consists only of Julia and Berend, they form a band, not a duo. This is important to them. Guther, born in the summer of 2002, is not only the band's name but also Julia's last name. It is a hint at her pivotal role within the band. If you ask Julia what kind of music Guther makes, she answers "girl's music". Without irony and without naivity as well. But their debut album "I Know You Know" is a summer record, too. Julia's songwriting and English lyrics first and foremost excel in tranquility, a bitter sweetness as well as in a clear simplicity (after aeons of classical training, Guther is Julia's first attempt ever to do a pop project, by the way). The result is all but unintelligent though. Guther's classic pop arrangements have an excellent timing. Every time you think you got it, their songs move into a new and surprising direction. At no point during the recording of "I Know You Know", which took place entirely in a Berlin Mitte appartment, had Julia and Berend intended to record a whole album or even to make some money with what they've just started. They have rather been concerned about getting as close to an idea of their favourite music as possible. At the same time they have managed to update that kind of lofi-indie-pop reminiscent of labels like Teen Beat or Slumberland. But Guther are definitely not a lofi outfit. The means of electronic production – a computer, a synthesiszer and a drum computer – have clearly left their traces in their sound.
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