Heart Undercover is out in Denmark 26.08.2013
Behind the artist Gottschalk you will find an extremely talented woman.
Maria Gootschalk and her four-man band are on August 26 current with their second EP after the debut from 2012 “Let The Sun Shine On Me This Time”.
There are different types of albums and EPs. There are those that require full attention due to large shifts in tempo, genre and sound, and then there are those who have a more similar sound across the songs. For fans of Tina Dicow or The Storm there will surely be something on this second EP from Gottschalk. The first EP was praised with rave reviews, and they were there for a reason.
Maria has an extremely strong vocal that really deserve a place in the soundstage, but sometimes it feels like there is too much focus on vocals and too little focus on challenge for the listener. First song “Child” is like taken from a The Storm album, which is a shame because it is clear that we are talking about a great talent here. Unfortunately, it is heard before.
The next track “Father” makes it increasingly difficult to get The Storm out of the mind, but however manages to lift itself with dreamy effects and strong vocals in the chorus as well as a sovereign bridge which in many ways is peak of the track. All in all a beautiful track with unfortunately is missing the last little thing – challenge.
However, with that said, Gottschalk manages to complettely catch me in a great way and lift the entire EP up to the next level with both “Get There” and the title track “Heart Undercover”. Here the focus is still on Maria’s strong vocals but at the same time managing to lift up the guitar and the aforementioned dreamy effects. The chorus from Get There is still stuck in my head in a positive way, after last track has reached its end.
The title track Heart Undercover in the same way manages to show another side of Gottschalk with deep bass and focus on vocals, however still not forgetting about underlying patterns and instruments. Certainly a track with radio and hit potential. The important chorus is carried by a great underlying guitar that just makes the last tiny bit on this beautiful track.
In a way, the EP, however is built as a statistical normal distribution, which means that my rush of happiness is sadly disappearing again on the last track “A Place To Go”. Halfway through the track is missing some challenge for my ears and mind. No matter where you start the song it sounds unfortunately the same. With that said it’s still a sovereign and beautifully number, just missing the final thing. As the second longest track on the EP it unfortunately pulls the uniform sound a bit too long – too long in the same sound.
After all, there must be no doubt that Gottschalk possess an extreme talent! Unfortunately, lacking with the last bits – Those small challenges that not only makes the listener curious, but actually captures the listener. They are playing with several genres, which unfortunately ends up giving a bit messy a soundstage. Nevertheless the two tracks Get There and Heart Undercover manages to pull the entire EP to the next level.
If Gottschalk doesn’t want to be remembered as The Storm vol. 2 in the future they will need to create more tracks like the first single Heart Undercover. They need to be more creative and dare to take the plunge – the potential is definitely there if Maria dare to take the plunge and create more of their own sound. Overall, we end up at 3 stars, which still shows a strong EP that is sure to please many listeners.
Considering that this is only an EP, the only thing left to say is that you can only look forward to a future debut album.
Gottschalk will visit HeadQuarters in Aarhus on 24. September