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On A Greater Scale


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"Sounds like Joy Division and The Fall are getting drunk by the fireplace and singing a song. On their new single [XTR HUMAN] are more radiant and combine a catchy melody with an anthem-like vibe." - Tonspion (GER)

"The song is warm and sentimental melody infused Brit-influenced alternative rock and dream-pop influences, part The Jesus and Mary Chain, part The Ocean Blue, this is a song to slow-dance to in a dorm room after tuning into your local college radio station circa 1988-1991." - Post-Punk.com (GER)

"XTR HUMAN have crossed point zero, 'On A Greater Scale' is the first step after that. [...] The song gets really exciting in combination with what XTR Human did before it - only in contrast it turns out that "On A Greater Scale" is a milestone for the band." - NEØLYD (GER)

"A little nugget. [...] Yet In all seriously, ‘on a greater scale’ is touched with a late 80’s indie gusto, the smoky vocals and the softly spun reclining riff chimes adore it with a shades adorned hazy that had us recalling in an instant Robert Lloyd and the New Four Seasons." - The Sunday Experience (USA)


Starting out as a post-punk band, XTR HUMAN left the morbid, dark paths of the darker music genres for brighter shoegaze with 2018's "Reflections" EP. On the forthcoming second album (early spring 2020) the musical chameleon is about to change its colours again without ever neglecting the past. The first single "On a Greater Scale" opens up for brit-influenced alternative rock and dreampop, for bandleader Johannes Stabel it’s a way of returning to his musical roots – Britpop and indie rock. He however calls it power wave and brutalo pop. “On a Greater Scale” is a catchy tune which deals with the attempt to leave behind self-doubt in a society – “this modern life” - which is full of temptation, focusing on keeping some positive youthful naivety. Growing older includes making compromises and shaping a new character. If it sounds like this song, keep at it, Mr. Stabel.
The single comes backed with two remixes of “On A Greater Scale” by Vlimmer and Detuned Radio.


Als Post-Punk-Band gestartet, ließen XTR HUMAN mit der "Reflections"-EP 2018 die morbiden, dunklen Pfade der dunkleren Musikgenres weitestgehend hinter sich, um sich knackig-blendendem Shoegaze zu widmen. Auf dem kommenden zweiten Album, welches im Frühjahr 2020 kommt, wird das musikalische Chamäleon seine Farben erneut ändern, ohne dabei die Vergangenheit zu vernachlässigen.
Für die erste Single "On a Greater Scale" öffnen sich XTR HUMAN dem Dreampop und Alternative Rock mit klar britischem Einschlag. Für Bandleader Johannes Stabel ist dies durchaus auch als Heimkehr zu seinen musikalischen Wurzeln zu verstehen – dem Britpop und Indie Rock. Er nennt es hingegen lieber Power Wave und Brutalo Pop. "On a Greater Scale" ist ein Ohrwurm, der sich mit dem Versuch befasst, die Selbstzweifel, die das Individuum in dieser Gesellschaft - "this modern life" – beschäftigt, hinter sich zu lassen. Es ist ein Leben voller Versuchungen, in welchem versucht wird, sich eine gewisse positive jugendliche Naivität zu bewahren. Älter werden bedeutet, Kompromisse einzugehen und einen neuen Charakter zu formen. Wenn das am Ende so klingt wie in diesem Song - weiter so, Mister Stabel!
Die „On A Greater Scale“-Single kommt mit zwei zusätzlichen Remixes von Vlimmer und Detuned Radio.


released November 8, 2019

Song written by Johannes Stabel
Artwork: Anna Wassmer


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