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Press on "Reflections":

"Timeless shoegaze ecstasy which plays in the very first league of this genre." - Lie In The Sound (GER)

"Taking the hypnotic trance of their music into an ear worm friendly memorable palace" - New Noise Magazine (USA)

"Thrilling post-punk [that] makes nihilists dance. Makes you want to throw yourself into all these layers of sound." - Tonspion (GER)

"This foray into the realms of Creation Records styled shoegaze is a fitting evolution in sound." - (GER)

"Some sort of future punk release we haven't even begun to fathom in 2018 [...] and that puts it in a unique spot right from the start." - Raised By Gypsies (USA)

"Dystopian mood with 80s post-punk and shoegaze hints" - VISIONS Magazin (GER)

"XTR HUMAN's sound has evolved, away from familiar post-punk to more playful, fuzzy shoegaze guitars" - Pretty In Noise (GER)

"Almost anthemic" - Last Day Deaf (GRE)

"Smells like harmony, almost sounds like pop - hymns in the morning mist." - Underdog Fanzine (GER)

"A fantastic new EP that incorporates shoegaze and positivity into the band’s sound." - Norman Records (UK)

"Catchy post-punk [that] mostly culminates in opulent choruses, such as it has largely disappeared in the last decade." - 12XU (GER)

"Expansively joyous post-punk delight from Berlin" - Super World Indie Tune (IRE)

"They combine the 4AD sound of yesteryear with fresh contemporary music, A group that seems to be at the beginning of a great future." - De Subjectivisten (NL)

"With such post-punk sounds you can still warm my heart" - Coast Is Clear (GER)

"Wholeheartedly recommended" - Off The Record (UK)


Reflecting one’s past in order to breathe new life into the present and the future. German post-punks XTR HUMAN have spent a lot of time on the road touring across Europe, having the time of their lives, only to realise that writing new songs came up short. Bandleader Johannes Stabel hit the brakes and finally took the necessary time-out -- “Reflections” is the impressive result, and it’s XTR HUMAN most atmospheric work to date.
Take “Disturbia”, for example: While the track title suggests claustrophobic, grainy post-punk, the song starts with a crisp snare attack, a vivid bass line and translucent, yet twangy guitars. It feels like breathing fresh air - at the very latest when the chorus sends the whole thing skywards, turning it into the band’s most optimistic sounding moment. On this EP shoegaze has taken over, and it’s the exciting kind that sounds driving and atmospheric, bright, but with a slight note of peril. Having Lemmy Fischer from JAGUWAR on board for mixing and additional guitars/vocals certainly was an overall smart move that gave extra confidence.
While “True Lies” and “Courage” offer gritty uptempo post-punk, it’s “Limelight” and the 7-minute title track, “Reflections” that push XTR HUMAN into new territories. Stabel’s melancholic vocals push their way through dense layers of sound and move to the foreground, providing the songs with depth and giving the shivers.
Pausing and reflecting turned out to be the right decision. This EP is XTR HUMAN on the way to something big.

Die Vergangenheit reflektieren, um der Gegenwart und Zukunft neues Leben einzuhauchen. Die deutschen Post-Punks XTR HUMAN haben viel Zeit damit verbracht, durch Europa zu touren. Sie hatten immensen Spaß, bemerkten aber irgendwann, dass das Schreiben neuer Songs zu kurz kam. Bandleader Johannes Stabel trat also auf die Bremse und verordnete die nötige Auszeit. - "Reflections" ist das beeindruckende Ergebnis, und es ist XTR HUMANs bisher atmosphärischster Release.
Man nehme "Disturbia": Während der Songtitel klaustrophobischen, grobkörnigen Post-Punk suggeriert, beginnt der Song mit einer knackigen Snare-Attacke, einer lebhaften Bassline und luziden, aber drahtigen Gitarren. Es riecht nach frischer Luft und Leben - spätestens dann, wenn der Refrain den Himmel öffnet und den Song in den optimistischsten Moment der Bandgeschichte verwandelt. Auf dieser EP hat der Shoegaze übernommen, und zwar die aufregende Art des Genres, die treibend und atmosphärisch klingt, leuchtend, aber mit Gefahr im Rücken. Lemmy Fischer von JAGUWAR als Mixer und für zusätzliche Gitarren und Vocals als Unterstützung zu wissen, gab dabei sicherlich eine extra Portion Vertrauen.
Während "True Lies" und "Courage" kratzenden Uptempo-Post-Punk bieten, sind es schließlich "Limelight" und der 7-minütige Titeltrack "Reflections", die XTR HUMAN noch mal auf eine andere Ebene hieven. Stabels melancholische Vocals drängen sich durch dichte Klangschichten und treten in den Vordergrund, geben den Songs Tiefe und dem Hörer Gänsehaut. In diese Wall of Sound lässt man sich gerne fallen.
Pausieren und Nachdenken erwies sich als die richtige Entscheidung. Diese EP ist XTR HUMAN auf dem Weg zu etwas Großem.


released September 7, 2018

Johannes Stabel - vocals, guitars, synths
Marco Maccioni - bass
Andrea Fusco - drums

Recorded by Emanuele Baratto
Mixed & produced by Lemmy Fischer
Mixed & mastered by Gabriel Schütz
Lyrics & compositions by Johannes Stabel
Additional guitars & vocals: Lemmy Fischer
Artwork by Anna Wassmer


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